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List of isthmuses

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List of isthmuses

The sandy isthmus or tombolo connecting North and South Bruny Island in Tasmania, Australia

An isthmus ( or ; plural: isthmuses; from Ancient Greek: ἰσθμός isthmos "neck") is a narrow piece of land connecting two larger areas across an expanse of water that otherwise separates them.[1] A tombolo is an isthmus that consists of a spit or bar.

Canals are often built across isthmuses, where they may be a particularly advantageous short cut for marine transport. The Panama Canal crosses the Isthmus of Panama, connecting the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; the Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean, cutting across the western side of an isthmus formed by the Sinai Peninsula. An example in the United Kingdom is the Crinan Canal, which crosses the isthmus between Loch Crinan and Loch Gilp, which connects the Kintyre peninsula with the rest of Scotland.

A strait is the sea counterpart of isthmus.


  • Africa 1
    • Egypt 1.1
  • Americas 2
    • Argentina 2.1
    • British Overseas Territories 2.2
    • Canada 2.3
    • Central America 2.4
    • Chile 2.5
    • French Overseas Collectivity 2.6
    • Mexico 2.7
    • United States 2.8
    • Venezuela 2.9
  • Asia 3
  • Europe 4
    • Black Sea 4.1
    • Iceland 4.2
    • Ireland 4.3
    • Mediterranean Sea 4.4
    • Russia 4.5
    • United Kingdom and British islands 4.6
  • Oceania 5
    • Australia 5.1
    • New Zealand 5.2
  • See also 6
  • Notes 7





British Overseas Territories


Central America


French Overseas Collectivity


United States



The Suez Canal goes across the western side of the Sinai Peninsula


Black Sea



Mediterranean Sea


United Kingdom and British islands



New Zealand

See also


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