What is the definition of a peninsula?


A peninsula is a land mass that is surrounded by water on three sides but is attached to a larger land area (mainland) by an isthmus, a narrow stretch of land. Some examples of peninsulas are Florida, Italy, the Horn of Africa, the Malay Peninsula and the Iberian Peninsula.

The word peninsula is derived from the Latin ‘paene’ (meaning almost) and ‘insula’ (island). Peninsulas are found all over the world. The largest peninsula in the world is the Arabian Peninsula. It covers over one million square miles. It is also home to the world's largest known oil reserve. Some countries situated on this peninsula are Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

Peninsulas are created through various environmental factors such as erosion and rising water levels. For example, as the result of high temperatures, water levels can begin to rise gradually, forming a peninsula in an area where land is at low elevations.

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The largest peninsula is the Arabian Peninsula, measuring in at 1,250,000 sq miles.
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[puh-nin-suh-luh, -nins-yuh-luh]
an area of land almost completely surrounded by water except for an isthmus connecting it with the mainland.
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