More Great Lakes island facts:
- The Thirty Thousand Islands of Georgian Bay, Ontario, actually include around 17,500 islands.
- The Thousand Islands between New York and Ontario number about 1,500.
- Lake of the Woods, shared by Ontario, Minnesota and Manitoba, is said to contain 14,000 islands.
- Finland claims to have more islands than any other country, with a stated total of 179,584. However, Canada probably exceeds this number with its immense areas of island-strewn lakes and thousands of miles of rocky coastline.
- The largest island created by human action is the Ile Rene-Lavasseur, a 780-square-mile island in Manicouagan Reservoir, Quebec. The reservoir was formed by the damming of a river to flood a 210 million-year-old meteor crater. The crater's central uplift became the island.
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