Thanks to the quarantine / lockdown, we have all become islands in some ways.

Today, we look at the concept of islands and almost-islands in geography.

When you’re surrounded on all sides by water, you are (on) an island. If you are almost surrounded by water, but not fully, you are (on) a peninsula. Today, you name some of them. You may have to do some research to solve some of the clues. So, have a friend, parent, sibling, an atlas, Google Earth, Google Maps, or whatever resources you can find handy.

Origin of:

  • Peninsula 1530–40; < Latin paenīnsula, equivalent to paen-pen- + īnsula island.
  • Insula:  1825–35; < New Latin, Latin: island; cf. isle

Don’t be content with solving this puzzle! Think about and answer these questions:

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of an island and a peninsula?
  2. Identify other islands and peninsulas of the world that are not named in this puzzle.
  3. If you could choose to live on any island or any peninsula, which would you choose? Why?

Equally importantly, what geography questions did you come up with? How did you find the answers to those?

Share this page with others. Solve the puzzle with others. Time yourself and see how long you took to solve it.

And, as always, let us know your feedback on this puzzle in the response section below.

  • Which clues particularly stumped you?
  • Which clues were very easy?
  • What resource did you use to find answers to difficult clues?
  • If you send us your feedback, be sure to include your name, standard, name of your school, and location of your school.

We would love to hear from you.

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