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  • cjSep 20, 2021
    nice archipelagos
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  • ultiblinkJun 16, 2021
    Philippines should be here! It has 7641 islands!
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  • RemcoMar 31, 2021
    What about the Philippines?
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Top 10 largest Archipelagos in the World

The Archipelago is a group of many islands in a large body of water. It is basically oceanic islands which are a chain, cluster or collection of scattered islands. Here, we are giving top ten Largest Archipelagos which are very useful for competitive examinations like UPSC, SSC and State Services.
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Top 10 largest Archipelagos in the World
Top 10 largest Archipelagos in the World

The Archipelago is a group of many islands in a large body of water. It is basically oceanic islands which is a chain, cluster or collection of scattered islands. Here, we are giving top ten largest Archipelago of the world for the general awareness.

Top 10 largest Archipelagos in the World

1.  Malay Archipelago  

The Malay World, Indo-Australian archipelago, East Indies, Nusantara, and Spices Archipelago are another name of this archipelago. It is the largest archipelago by area and comprises of more than 25,000 islands.

Malay Archipelago

Area: 2,000,000 km2 (770,000 sq. mi)

Location: Indian/Pacific Ocean

Ethnic groups: Predominantly Austronesians, Negritos, Papuans and Melanesians, Overseas Chinese, Overseas Indians

2. Canadian Arctic Archipelago      

It is also known as Arctic Archipelago. It is second largest Archipelago by area and comprises of 36, 563 islands.

Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Area:  1,424,500 km2 (550,000 sq. mi)

Location: Arctic Ocean

3. New Guinea Archipelago

It is the world's second largest island next to Greenland and third Archipelago by area.

New Guinea Archipelago

Area: 7, 86,000 km²

Location: Pacific Ocean

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4. Japanese Archipelago

It is volcanic archipelago and fourth largest archipelago by area. It is comprises of 6,852 islands forms the country of Japan.

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Area: 377,944 km²

Location: Pacific Ocean

5. British Isles              

It is fifth largest archipelago by area and comprises of more than 5000 islands which includes two large islands, Great Britain and Ireland.

British Isle

Area: 315,134 km²

Location: Atlantic Ocean

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6. New Zealand   

It is the 12th largest island in the world and sixth largest archipelago in the world.

New Zealand

Area: 268,021 km²

Location: Pacific Ocean

7. Antilles

It is an archipelago bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the south and west, the Gulf of Mexico to the northwest, and the Atlantic Ocean to the north and east. It is seventh largest archipelago in the world.

Antilles

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Area: 210,000 km²

Location: Caribbean Sea

8. Novaya Zemlya                  

It is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean in northern Russia and the extreme northeast of Europe, the easternmost point of Europe lying at Cape Flissingsky on the Northern Island. It is an extension of Ural Mountain which is separated from the mainland by the Kara Strait.

Novaya Zemlya

Area: 90,650 km²

Location: Arctic Ocean

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9. Svalbard          

It is a Norwegian archipelago and hence, experiences midnight sun in summer and polar night in winter.

Svalbard

Area: 61,022 km²

Location: Arctic Ocean

10. Sernaya Zemlya

It is archipelago in the Russian high Arctic which is separated from the mainland by the Vilkitsky Strait. It is comprises four major islands – October Revolution, Bolshevik, Komsomolets, and Pioneer – and around 70 smaller islands.

Sernaya Zemlya

Area: 37,000 km2

Location: Arctic Ocean

These archipelagos are often volcanic; forming a long island arcs generated by subduction zones or hotspots, but may also be the result of erosion, deposition, and land elevation.

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