November 16, 2012

Geo-Week Pop Quiz

Where in the U.S.A. is Shelby Holliday?

Shelby: The year-round sunshine and amazing wildlife make the Florida Keys one of the hottest vacation spots in the country. The Keys are also one of the most famous archipelagos in the world. So what exactly is an archipelago? That is today’s geo quiz!

Is it:

A. A peninsula

B. A coral reef

C. A tropical ecosystem

D. A large group, or chain, of islands

You have got ten seconds!

Time is up!

The answer is “D.”  An archipelago is a large group of islands.

And here in Florida, more than 1,700 islands make up the Florida Keys archipelago!

Just south of the Florida peninsula, this archipelago stretches over 200 miles south and west and divides the Atlantic Ocean from the Gulf of Mexico. Many of the 1,700 islands rise only a few feet above the seabed, but a few islands are large enough to support entire villages, like Key West and Key Largo.

Other famous archipelagos include the Hawaiian Islands, the Philippines, the Greek Isles and the Bahamas, to name a few.

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