[talk-ph] 7500 and counting.

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 20 09:17:57 UTC 2016

The Census Atlas provided one criterion for the definition of an island: it
has to be above water at high tide.

On Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 10:02 AM, Jim Morgan <jim at datalude.com> wrote:

> On Saturday, 20 February, 2016 09:32 AM, Eugene Alvin Villar wrote:
>> According to the latest news, there are now "exactly" 7,641 islands. This
>> is stated by the so-called Philippine Islands Measurements Project of
>> I have previously e-mailed NAMRIA to get info on how they keep track of
>> islands and how the most often quoted figure of 7,107 islands was derived.
>> Predictably I didn't get any definitive answer.
> I remember hearing that the number of islands varies depending on whether
> its high tide or low tide, so any figure which claims to be exact should be
> treated with suspicion. Unless they've come up with a definition of island
> which copes with this -- maybe it has to be visible for 12 hours in a 24
> hour period! :-) Also when does a rock become an island?
> Then there's the matter of islands whose ownership is in dispute, and the
> ones which are being blatantly stolen by our neighbours. But lets not get
> into that here ... :-)
> Jim
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