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An archipelago ( i/rkplo/ ark-i-pel--goh), sometimes called an island group or island chain, is a chain, cluster or collection of islands.

The word archipelago is derived from the Greek - arkhi- ("chief") and plagos ("sea") through the Italian arcipelago. In Italian, possibly following a tradition of antiquity, the Arcipelago (from medieval Greek *) 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 refer to any island group or, sometimes, to a sea containing a large number of scattered islands.
Contents [hide] 1 Types of archipelago 2 See also 3 References 4 External links