Isthmus vs land bridge vs peninsula
and land bridge
are related terms with isthmus having a broader meaning. A land bridge
is an isthmus connecting the Earth's major landmasses. The term land bridge
is usually used in biogeology
to describe land connections that used to exist between continents at various times and were important for migration of people, and various species of animals and plants, e.g. Bering Land Bridge
An isthmus is a land connection between two bigger landmasses, while a peninsula
is rather a land protrusion which is connected to a bigger landmass on one side only and surrounded by water on all other sides. Technically, an isthmus can have canals
running from coast to coast (e.g. the Panama Canal
), and thus resemble two peninsulas; however, canals are artificial features distinguished from straits
Aerial perspective of the isthmus of Bruny Island
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Isthmi
- ^ "Isthmus". Collins English Dictionary. Collins. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
- ^ LSJ entry ισθμός
- ^ "Isthmus". Britannica. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
- ^ "Land bridge | isthmus". Encyclopedia Britannica.
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