An archipelago is a group of closely scattered islands. St. David's Island, above is part of the archipelago that makes up the British territory of Bermuda (officially called the Bermudas) in the Atlantic Ocean.

Photograph by Dean Conger

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Encyclopedic entry. An archipelago is a group of islands closely scattered in a body of water. Usually, this body of water is the ocean, but it can also be a lake or river.

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An island is a body of land surrounded by water