Island chain

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NASA satellite image of some of the islands in the Hawaiian island chain

An island chain is a group of islands in which the individual islands are lined up along an imaginary straight or curved line.

Usually a chain of islands is of volcanic origin. If the island chain is at the edge of a subduction zone , it is generally an island arc . Straight chain of islands are mostly created by the drifting of a lithospheric plate over a hot spot , as a result of which volcanoes repeatedly formed over the course of time, which drifted away and became extinct. The Hawaiian Islands are the prime example of such a chain of islands.

Some island chains