Islands are one of nature’s most breathtaking wonders. These sub continental pieces of land are surrounded by waters and are often separated from larger masses of land. They are widely recognized for their solitary and oftentimes mystical feel. And, although they are naturally created land formations that take thousands and even millions of years to form, technological advancements have made it possible for man to create these natural marvels.
Below are just some of the most stunning islands found around the world that are made by the hands of man:
15. Balboa Island
The Balboa Island is a chain of three modified or artificial islands that is located at Newport Beach in California. The island consist of three smaller ones which are named: Balboa Island, Little Balboa Island and Collins Island. The island has over 3,000 residents in 0.52 kilometers making it one of the densest communities in Orange County.
This artificial island in Maldives is geographically part of the Vaadhoo Channel. It was first built on reclaimed coral reefs back in 1992 which used to be a dumping round for over 300 tons of trash. Today, the island reportedly has a growth rate of about 0.92 square meters a day.
13. Artificial Islands for Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland is set on a man made island located in Urayasu, Chiba. It is one of the greatest tourists spots in the country and the first Disney Park to be built outside of the United States. The island has five hotels within walking distance as well as four Japanese airports.
12. Venetian Artificial Islands
The Venetian Islands project in Biscayne Bay are a chain of man-made islands that are connected by bridges from the Miami mainland to the Miami Beach in Florida. Some of most prominent set of islands which can be found in the Venetian Islands include Belle Isle, Rivo Alto, Di Lido, San Marino, San Marco and Biscayne.
11. Willingdon Island
The Willingdon is India’s largest artificial island. It is part of the city of Kochi in Kerala. It serves as an important home for the Port of Kochi and the Kochi Naval Base as well as other establishments which include several hotels and business centres.
10. Kamfers Dam Island
The Kamfers Dam Lake of South Africa is an artificial island in the shape of a giant “S.” It is located in the north of Kimberley and has been the breeding ground of Lesser Flamingos. However, the island is currently suffering from deteriorating water quality and rising water levels.
9. Artificial Islands of Uros
The islands of Uro are made from reed growing along the edges of Lake Titicaca, Puno. The island was made by bundling these reeds into floating island platforms. Each of these artificial islands have 2-10 reed houses.
8. Île aux Cygnes
The Île aux Cygnes in France is a small artificial island in the River Seine in Paris. The island was formed in 1827 in order to protect the port of Grenelle. One of the major features of this island is the one-fourth scale Statue of Liberty replica, which faces in the direction of the original Statue of Liberty in New York.
7. The Pearl-Qatar
The Pearl-Qatar is a man-made island of almost 4 million square meters located in Doha, Qatar. The island, which was developed by United Development Company, is expected to accommodate great entertainment facilities for residents as well as tourists.
6. Spiral Island
The Spiral Island is a floating man made island located in Mexico.The island was built by British artist Richard “Reishee” Sowa back in 1998 using more than a quarter-million plastic bottles, it got destroyed by hurricane Emily in the year 2005. However, he started rebuilding the island to make it bigger and better. Since 2008, a replacement island named Joyxee Island has been open for visits.
5. The THUMS Islands
Located in San Pedro Bay off the Coast of Long Beach, California, the THUMS island was built in 1965 to tap into the East Wilmington Oil Field.
4. Amwaj Artificial Islands
The Amwaj Islands I Bahrain are a group of man-made islands in the Persian Gulf. The islands have recently become fit for residential purpose, complete with infrastructures, commercial and residential buildings, hotels, and a circular marina.
Peberholm is an artificial island located in the Danish part of the Öresund strait in Sweden. This small but picturesque island was built as a crossover point between the bridge and the tunnel that had been built for an obstacle-free link between Sweden and Denmark. Only biologists are allowed annual access on this island in order to preserve then natural ecology found in the island.
2. Palm Islands
The Palm Jumeirah is one of the three sets of man-made islands, the Palm Islands, found on the coast of Dubai, in United Arab Emirates. This archipelago was built using land reclamation by a UAE government owned company, Nakheel. Shaped like a palm tree, it is the original and the smallest of the three Palm islands of which the other two are incomplete, extending into the Persian Gulf.
1. The World Islands
The World Islands in the Persian Gulf is another of the many sets of artificial islands in Dubai. This archipelago is made of small islands which are placed roughly in the shape of the world map and are about 100 metres apart. The island was originally conceived by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
They are mainly composed of sand which is dredged from the shallow coastal waters of Dubai. These artificial islands were said to be the new answer to the growing need for land.
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