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Many believe Madagascar, which separated from Africa perhaps 85 million years ago, is the oldest island on Earth. 

It's not the biggest though. That distinction goes to Greenland, with an area of about 823,000 square miles!
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Island Biogeography

Island of the Sun is located in Lake Titicaca on the borders of Bolivia and Peru.


Joshua Seaver, one of the developers of The Greatest Places Online, realized you can connect Madagascar, the Amazon, and Greenland.  How?  Well the easy part is Madagascar and Greenland are both islands.  How about the Amazon? Here's the connection: The word "island's" etymology came from Old English "ea" and "land," meaning river land (Nevermind that Madagascar is actually in the ocean).

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Interesting Island Facts

Greatest Places Online 1999 Science Museum of Minnesota