Archipelago

the word archipelago (of griech.: pelagos, sea) marks today a Inselgruppe.

Originally archipelago marked the Ägäis with the Greek islands.

There are different causes for the emergence of archipelagoes. Some archipelagoes resulted from volcanism, other one from corral reefs. Also plate tectonicscan e.g. by elevation of the bottom of the sea archipelagoes to develop leave.

Well-known archipelagoes are

in the transferred sense is also used the term archipelago: Archipelago GULAG designates the writer Alexander Solschenizyn the suppression system of the concentration camps, which gave it distributed over the whole Soviet Union.

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