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Geographical Anomaly – Vulcan Point Island

Geographical Anomaly – Vulcan Point Island

Have you ever daydreamed of getting away from the hustle and bustle of life and escaping to a deserted island? Certainly most of us have at one time or another. There are hundreds of thousands of islands on this great planet of ours, the majority of which are uninhabited. Did you know Canada is believed to have the greatest number of privately-owned islands?

According to the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea Part VIII, there are three main criteria for a body of land to be defined as an island. Most simply an island is a “naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is above water at high tide.”

Just off the coast of Lake Huron in Port Austin, Michigan, is a small island known locally as Turnip Rock. Over thousands of years erosion from storm waves have created this beautiful rock formation.

Photograph Courtesy of: Detroit Up North, The Detroit Bus Company http://thedetroitbus.com/specialevents/

The nations claiming the most islands are:

• Sweden: 221,800
• Finland: 179, 584
• Canada: 53,000+
• Norway: 45,000+
• Indonesia: 17,504
• Philippines: 7,107
• Greece: 6,000+
• Japan: 3,000+

Like individuals, every island is unique. Perhaps the most unique island of all is the one that can be described as:

“an island within a lake, on an island within a lake, on an island”

In the Philippines on Luzon Island is Lake Taal. On Lake Taal is Volcano Island. On Volcano Island is Main Crater Lake. On Main Crater Lake is Vulcan Point Island. It’s truly a geographical anomaly. Chances are no one would find you any time soon in this remote location!