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An Archipelago is a geographical feature.
Summary[edit | edit source]
An archipelago, sometimes called an island group or island chain, is a chain, cluster or collection of islands. It is used to refer to any island group or sometimes to a sea containing a small number of scattered islands. It is also one of the less-common categories of oceananic planet terrain.
Types[edit | edit source]
Archipelagos may be found isolated in large amounts of water or neighbouring a large land mass. Archipelagos may be of volcanic origin, but may also be the result of erosion, deposition, and land elevation. Depending on their geological origin, islands forming archipelagos can be referred to as:
- Oceanic islands - mainly of volcanic origin
- Continental fragments - land masses that have separated from a continental mass due to tectonic displacement
- Continental islands - sets of islands formed close to the coast of a continent when they form part of the same continental shelf so islands are just exposed continental shelf.
Game application[edit | edit source]
In No Man's Sky, all features are procedurally generated, so the types of archipelagos present in the game are by definition undetermined. Since volcanic activity has not been reported as a game feature, most archipelagos will fall into the Continental island category.
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia (13 March 2017). 'Archipelago'.