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The Archipelago Sea, situated between the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland, the largest archipelago in the world by the number of islands.
The Archipelago Sea, situated between the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland, the largest archipelago in the world by the number of islands.

An archipelago is a chain or cluster of islands. The word archipelago literally means "chief sea", from Greek arkhon (arkhi-) ("leader") and pelagos ("sea"). In antiquity, the Archipelago (Greek: Αρхιπέλαγος) was the proper name for the Aegean Sea and, later, usage shifted to refer to the Aegean Islands (since the sea is remarkable for its large number of islands). It is now used to generally refer to any island group or, sometimes, to a sea containing a large number of scattered islands like the Aegea. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (973x1808, 61 KB) Map of the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (973x1808, 61 KB) Map of the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar. ... Map of the Mergui Archipelago The Mergui Archipelago (also Myeik Archipelago) is an archipelago in far southern Myanmar (Burma). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 591 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1182 × 1200 pixel, file size: 86 KB, MIME type: image/png) Saaristomeri / SkärgÃ¥rdshavet / Archipelago Sea Source: Self-made, January 6th 2007 Author: BishkekRocks File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 591 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1182 × 1200 pixel, file size: 86 KB, MIME type: image/png) Saaristomeri / SkärgÃ¥rdshavet / Archipelago Sea Source: Self-made, January 6th 2007 Author: BishkekRocks File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this... Hiittinen, 25 km west of Hanko Archipelago Sea (Finnish Saaristomeri, Swedish SkärgÃ¥rdshavet) is a part of the Baltic Sea between the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland, within Finnish territorial waters. ... The Baltic Sea The Gulf of Bothnia (Fin. ... The Baltic Sea The Gulf of Finland is an arm of the Baltic Sea that extends between Finland (to the north) and Estonia (to the south) all the way to the city of Saint Petersburg in Russia, where the river Neva drains into it. ... This article is about the body of water. ... Classical antiquity is a broad term for a long period of cultural history centered on the Mediterranean Sea, which begins roughly with the earliest-recorded Greek poetry of Homer (7th century BC), and continues through the rise of Christianity and the fall of the Western Roman Empire (5th century AD... Look up Aegean Sea in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Aegean Sea Islands: map showing island groups. ...


Archipelagoes are usually found in the open sea; less commonly, a large land mass may neighbor them. Archipelagoes are often volcanic, forming along mid-ocean ridges or hotspots, but there are many other processes involved in their construction, including erosion and deposition. A landmass is a large extent of land. ... Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska photographed from the International Space Station For other uses, see Volcano (disambiguation). ... Oceanic Ridge Oceanic crust is formed at an oceanic ridge, while the lithosphere is subducted back into the asthenosphere at trenches. ... In geology, a hotspot is a location on the Earths surface that has experienced active volcanism for a long period of time. ... For morphological image processing operations, see Erosion (morphology). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into sediment. ...


The five largest modern states that are mainly archipelagos are Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, Indonesia and Venice, Italy. For other uses, see Venice (disambiguation). ...


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