A larger island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island

July 26th, 2007

There is some confusion over the identity of the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.

Elbruz.org has long had a nice piece on recursive islands and lakes, but they get the final one wrong, saying that the island in Taal’s Volcano Island’s crater lake is the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.

That Filipino “triple island” is only about 1 acre / 0.4 hectare.

The largest known island of this sort (subject to further exploration; some Arctic areas are poorly mapped) is the largest island in the largest lake on Glover Island, in Grand Lake on Newfoundland.

Glover Island, the world’s second-largest island on an island, has a many lakes on it, and the largest has about 17 islands. The largest of these is 2 acres / 0.8 ha. When I visited it, it supported its own little patch of woods.

8 Responses to “A larger island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island”

  1. Jacques Says:

    Wait a minute, does the main island have to be in a lake? If not, can we also consider continents to be oceanic islands?

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  3. Mary Says:

    Cool!

  4. Cigar Jack Says:

    Suddenly my head hurts….

  5. Maurice Reeves Says:

    Jacques,
    A continent is not considered an island because of certain factors. Consider this post to explain more:
    http://users.erols.com/jcalder/CONTISLAND.html

    Hope that helps.

  6. World Island Info Says:

    Jacques,

    A couple of reasons to give more weight to lakes on islands:

    • most lakes are on continents; it is nothing special to find a lake on one
    • continents are all much larger than islands, giving them much more room to work with
    • continents and islands are simply considered different; see http://www.worldislandinfo.com/CONTISLAND.html
  7. Alex Says:

    I was always told Australia is the largest Island on earth, and is also a continent. However, it’s so dry I doubt there’s a lake big enough in it for an island with a lake with another island on it. Perhaps in Tasmania…

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