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Christmas Island

Christmas Island is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. It lies about 1,553 miles (2,500 kilometers) northwest of Perth. The island is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) long. It is about 9 miles (15 kilometers) wide. Its main industry is phosphate mining. Most of its people are Chinese or Malays.... Read More

Cheju Island

Cheju Island (pop. 543,323), also spelled Jeju, is a volcanic island off the southern coast of South Korea. The island is a province of South Korea. The city of Cheju, on the island’s northern coast, is the province’s capital.... Read More

Channel Islands

The Channel Islands are a group of islands in the English Channel. They are British crown dependencies that lie between 10 and 30 miles (15 and 50 kilometers) off the French coast. Crown dependencies are largely self-governing, but the British government handles their defense and foreign affairs. The four main islands are Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark. The group also includes several smaller islands.... Read More

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. They lie about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea. The three islands that form the group, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac, cover 101 square miles (262 square kilometers). The capital and largest city, George Town, lies on Grand Cayman, the largest island. Taxes are extremely low in the Cayman Islands. As a result, many companies from other lands conduct business there.... Read More

Caroline Islands

The Caroline Islands are a group of more than 930 islands in the Pacific Ocean. They lie just north of the equator. They are between the Marshall Islands and the Philippines. The island group extends more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers). The combined land area of the Carolines is only 448 square miles (1,161 square kilometers).... Read More

Caribbean Islands

The Caribbean Islands lie between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The islands stretch about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from near southern Florida in the United States to northern Venezuela in South America.... Read More

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands make up two provinces of Spain. This group of 13 islands lies in the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) off the northwest coast of mainland Africa. The province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife includes the islands of Tenerife, La Palma, Gomera, and Hierro. The capital also is called Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Las Palmas province includes Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura. Its capital is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.... Read More

Bu Tinah Shoals

The Bu Tinah Shoals are a group of coral islands and sea-grass beds in the Persian Gulf. The shoals lie about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Bu Tinah’s main island has a sheltered lagoon forested with mangrove trees.... Read More

Borneo

Borneo <<BAWR nee oh>> is the world’s third largest island. It covers about 287,000 square miles (743,330 square kilometers). Only Greenland and New Guinea are larger. Borneo lies about 400 miles (640 kilometers) east of Singapore. About three-fourths of Borneo is part of Indonesia. The country of Brunei and part of Malaysia take up the rest of the island.... Read More

Bonaire

Bonaire is an island in the Caribbean. It lies about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea. Klein Bonaire is a tiny island about half a mile (0.8 kilometer) west of Bonaire. The two islands have a combined area of 114 square miles (294 square kilometers). Bonaire is an overseas municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its political status is similar to that of a Dutch city. Bonaire’s capital is Kralendijk.... Read More