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Long Island

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This article is about Long Island in New York State. For other uses, see Long Island (disambiguation)
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Image of Long Island taken by NASA.

Long Island, part of New York State, is an island off the North American coast, some 118 miles (190 km) long, and from 12 to 20 miles (32 km) wide, extending from New York Harbor into the North Atlantic Ocean. It has an area of 1,377 square miles (3566 km²).

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Geography

To the north of the island is Long Island Sound, which separates it from the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island. To the south are the Great South Bay, South Oyster Bay, and Jamaica Bay, which are actually lagoons, protected from the Atlantic Ocean by a string of narrow barrier islands, most notably Fire Island. The island separates into two forks at the eastern end, known as the North Fork and South Fork.

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On the western part of Long Island are the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens; east of them are Nassau and Suffolk counties. Many people in the New York metropolitan area (even those on the island in Queens and Brooklyn) use the term "Long Island" or "the island" to refer to Nassau and Suffolk counties only.

Geology

Geologically, the island is formed of two spines of glacial moraine, consisting largely of gravel and loose rock over deeply-buried bedrock, formed during the two most recent pulses of the Wisconsinan glaciation,also by a chain of volcanos and earthquakes, with a sandier outwash plain beyond. The island's tallest point is Jayne's Hill near Melville, with an elevation of 400.9 feet (122.2 m) above sea level. The island is separated from the mainland by the East River - actually not a river but both a tidal strait and a tidal estuary. New York has been known to have earthquakes every hundred years or so the last one were in 1737 and 1884 wher rated 5.0 on the richer scale. Small earthquakes happen every few years.

Economy

The eastern end of the island is still partly agricultural, now including many vineyards as well as traditional truck farming. Fishing also continues to be an industry, at Northport and Montauk.

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A Long Island fisherman cleans his nets

Since World War II, however, Long Island has become increasingly suburban and, in some areas, fully urbanized. Levittown was only the first of many new suburbs, and businesses followed residential development eastward. The South Fork contains the area known as the Hamptons, which also experienced a population boom after World War II.

Transportation

The Long Island Rail Road, Long Island Expressway, and Northern and Southern State Parkways (the latter three all products of the automobile-centered planning of Robert Moses) make east-west travel on the island straightforward, if not always quick.

Colleges and universities

Nassau and Suffolk counties are home to numerous colleges and universities, including:

Leisure

Beaches

Long Island has a great deal of beaches.

Sports

Nassau county is also home to the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. The world's largest thoroughbred racetrack, Belmont Park, is located in the Nassau County community of Elmont.

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Mercator projection of Long Island

Demography

Long Island is one of the most densely populated regions in the United States. In the 2000 census, the population of the Nassau-Suffolk region totalled 2.78 million people; the total population of Long Island, including Brooklyn and Queens, was more than 8 million.


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