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Islands
Islands are pieces of land that are completely surrounded by water. This table below lists down the Worlds largest islands, their areas and the countries they are part of.

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NameCountryArea in Km-sq
GreenlandGreenland 2175600
New GuineaIndonesia 785753
BorneoIndonesia south part; Brunei and Malaysian, north part 748168
MadagascarMadagascar 587713
BaffinCanada 503944
SumatraIndonesia 443065
HonshuJapan 230966
Great BritainUnited Kingdom 229979
VictoriaCanada 217291
EllesmereCanada 196236
Since Australia is a continent it is not considered an island.

Greenland is the largest island of the world. It is a self-governing overseas territory of Denmark. About 81 percent of its surface is covered by ice, known as the Greenlandic ice cap. Nearly all Greenlanders live along the fjords in the south-west of the island, which has a milder climate.

Island Links
U.S. Geological Survey has provided a wonderful book online that covers the fundamentals of Geology of deserts.

Desert Research Institute is a non profit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).

Len Milich has made his research available on the characteristics of Worlds largest deserts.

WorldBiomes covers the five of the major biomes of World, including the deserts.

Fact Monster's has provided a list of the major deserts as well as their types.

Desert USA has provided detailed information about the four North American deserts.

GEsource has made available the satellite images of various deserts.

Books on Islands
Deserts (Biomes of Nature) by Edward R. Ricciuti describe unique regions of the world and identify the flora and fauna that inhabit them. The book contains many beautiful color photographs and diagrams.