(Article of periodic en Polonais - 2008)

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Madagaskar - wyspa czy kontynent? Kilka słów o pojęciach wyspa i wyspiarskość (Polonais)
Madagascar - une île ou un continent ? Sur les notions d'île et d'insularité

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The impreciseness and arbitrary character of the notions of island and continent have been the subject of many debates. Most researchers agree that unique features of an island include isolation and significant linkages between the economy and life of its inhabitants and the sea. Some characteristic features relate to spatial development and a concentration of towns and transport network near the sea. However, Madagascar, which is regarded as an island in all kinds of classifications, fulfils only some of the above criteria. As far as the natural life is concerned, some consequences of spatial isolation can be observed, particularly the predominance of endemic and relict species in its fauna and flora, whereas in the economic and social sphere, Madagascar reveals features characteristic of continents. Is therefore Madagascar rightly considered an island ? - (BJ)


Article of periodic

published at : Dokumentacja geograficzna / ISSN 0012-5032

Editor : Polska akademia nauk, Warszawa - POLOGNE (1955)

Millesime : 2008, no36 [pp. 286-290]

Bibliographic references : 10 ref.



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