Former Islands

WHS which, within historical memory, (rather than in the timescales of "Geological eras"!) used to be islands but are now not separated from the surrounding land

Connected Sites

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Cold winter deserts of Turan Barsa-Kelmes, a former island in the Aral Sea: "as the sea became more shallow it steadily grew, until in the 1990s it ceased to be an island" (wiki)
Dubrovnik Dubrovnik and Ragusa used to be separate settlements the second being located on an island. The two were united in the 12th Century when the channel which separated the two was filled with earth.
Gammelstad A thousand years ago Lulea district consisted of an archipelago where the sea level was ten metres higher than today. The church hill of present-day Gammelstad was a small island at the mouth of the Lule river. (Wiki)
Kasbah of Algiers Includes the former Penon island
Kraków Kazimierz used to be an island until 1880.
Mexico City and Xochimilco The Plaza de la Constitucion area of Mexico City was originally built in 1325 on a the southern part of an island in Lake Texcoco as "Tenochtitlan" by the Tenochca people. The northern part of this island contained the settlement of Tlatelolco, having previously been settled by another Nahuatl group the Tlatelolca - its remains are centred on the "Plaza of the 3 cultures". For many years the lake (whose Aztec controlling dams had been destroyed during the Conquest) was capable of flooding the centre of the city. Drainage was "improved" over the centuries but the problem was not "finally" solved until the 1960s with the building of deep tunnels to take water out of the Texcoco basin -at the cost of aridity/sinking land etc.
Nessebar "The ancient part of the town is situated on a peninsula (previously an island) connected to the mainland by a narrow man-made isthmus" (Wiki)
Schokland Schokland is a former island in the Dutch Zuiderzee. Schokland lost its status as an island when the Noordoostpolder was reclaimed from the sea in 1942.
Tyre Developed as an island city. Alexander the Great connected it to the mainland by a causeway during his siege (332BC). "The present-day city of Tyre covers a large part of the original island and has expanded onto and covers most of the causeway, which had increased greatly in width over the centuries because of extensive silt depositions on either side" (Wiki)


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  1. Not be "self evident"
  2. Link at least 3 different sites
  3. Not duplicate or merely subdivide the "Category" assignment already identified on this site.
  4. Add some knowledge or insight (whether significant or trivial!) about WHS for the users of this site
  5. Be explained, with reference to a source