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Archipelago

(ärkĭpĕl`əgō) [Ital., from Gr.,=chief sea], ancient name of the Aegean SeaAegean Sea,
Gr. Aigaion Pelagos, Turkish Ege Denizi, arm of the Mediterranean Sea, c.400 mi (640 km) long and 200 mi (320 km) wide, off SE Europe between Greece and Turkey; Crete and Rhodes mark its southern limit.
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, later applied to the numerous islands it contains. The word now designates any cluster of islands.

archipelago

[‚är·kə′pel·ə‚gō]
(geography)
A large group of islands.
A sea that has a large group of islands within it.

archipelago

1. a group of islands
2. a sea studded with islands
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This paper reports the usage patterns of spinner dolphins in the northeastern part of the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago.
The Fernando de Noronha Archipelago (FNA), is located off the Brazilian coast (3[degrees]50'S, 32[degrees]24'N), 345 km from Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.
Displacement directions had as main references two extremities of the archipelago, towards Rata Island -in the northeastern portion- and towards Ponta da Sapata-southeastern.
The long-term solution for conservation of biodiversity in the archipelagos of Panama is the mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation in the areas of fisheries, tourism and real estate development operating in the archipelagos of Panama.
Located between Hawaii and Fiji, the Phoenix Islands archipelago is one of three island groups that make up the Republic of Kiribati, the largest atoll nation in the world, with a total of 33 islands.
The effects of climate change on the archipelago are no exception to this rule.
A sense of alarm over melting Arctic ice tends to cloud the real issues affecting the archipelago, leaving society under the impression that sovereignty is indeed in danger.
These data, however, are not representative of the conditions present in the Northwest Passage, as they fail to account for the icebergs that meander southward from the Arctic Ocean into the lower reaches of the archipelago, where they block passages and create choke points.
This result is in agreement with those found for other archipelagos within the Great Lakes (Hecnar et al.
Why is the Lake Michigan Archipelago species-poor compared to other archipelagos within the Great Lakes?
We created an updated distributional record of reptiles and amphibians in the Lake Michigan Archipelago, quantitatively compared our distribution data with a commonly used data set published in 1948, analyzed the distributions in light of the theory of island biogeography, and compared species diversity of the Archipelago to that of the mainland and other island groups in the Great Lakes.
Radiocarbon dates indicate that Polynesians imported basalt from distant archipelagos in the west for about 3,000 years, up until around A.