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Islands, Lakes, Lakes on Islands, Islands on Lakes, Etc.:

A cool photo album. Thanks to Hanah Metchis Volokh for the pointer.

FantasiaWHT:
Bah! Who counts saltwater lakes? I want to see Lake Superior on that list!
7.11.2007 4:16pm
Hoosier:
Largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island

I think I need some sort of chart to figure this one out.

Thanks for posting. My eldest son and I are both geography-junkies. He's going to love it when I bring this home tonight.
7.11.2007 4:24pm
Hoosier:
FantasiaWHT--

I'm with you: The Caspian is an 'inland sea' in my book.
7.11.2007 4:30pm
Minnesota Reader:
Here is an interesting article about the classification of the Caspian Sea.

Nearer to home for me, Ryan Island is the largest island on the largest lake (Siskiwit Lake) on the largest island (Isle Royale) on the largest freshwater lake in the world (Lake Superior).
7.11.2007 5:21pm
BruceM (mail) (www):
Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world.
7.11.2007 6:24pm
Aukahe:
BruceM,

Superior is the largest freshwater lake by surface area. Baykal is the largest by volume.
7.11.2007 8:08pm
ys:

Hoosier:

I'm with you: The Caspian is an 'inland sea' in my book.

And Greenland is an "off-shore" continent. Or is Australia the largest island? And while we are at it: give me back my "planet" Pluto.
7.11.2007 8:35pm
markm (mail):
ys: Greenland looks about as big as Australia on many maps because they distort areas near the pole, but it's actually considerably smaller. According to Wikipedia, Greenland is about 2.7 times the size of New Guinea, and Australia is about 3.6 times the size of Greenland. 3.6 is the largest ratio I can find anywhere between successive land masses in WP's list of the largest to smallest, so it's logical to divide "island" from "continent" there, making Greenland the largest island and Australia the smallest continent.

Of course, when European geographers first called Greenland an island, they didn't know this. I suspect that goes back to centuries before Australia and New Guinea were first "discovered" by Europeans, and also long before anything but the south coast of Greenland could be surveyed, so they just got lucky that new information didn't invalidate their decision.

As for the Caspian, it's salt water, and I think there are several smaller areas that are called "seas" (even not counting the Sea of Galilee and Dead Sea, which do look like salt lakes to me). OTOH, most of the other small seas are delineated from neighboring seas or oceans by arcs of islands or reefs with gaps that allow water to pass, while the Caspian is a totally separate body of water. It might make the most sense to put permanent bodies of saltwater with no outlet to the ocean in a category of their own, neither lake nor sea.
7.12.2007 5:24pm