On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM, Dr. David Stifter
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> No, as I said, German "Insel" in its proper sense always implies
> permanent water around it.
> Ha! but what about an 'inselberg', a term beloved of geomorphologists. It
was apparently coined by Bornhardt in 1898, but is now used in English as
well as German. My *Geologisches Woerterbuch* defines the term as *'inselartig
isolierter Rumpfrestberg in den Wechselfeuchten Tropen und Subtropen. Es
handelt sich dabei um aus dem Flachland aufsteigende Erhebungen mit meist
wandartigen Steilabstuerzen*.' My Dictionary of Geological Terms says of
inselbergs that 'prominent steep-sided residual hills rising abruptly from
plains make a landscape type rather common in Africa.'
The most famous of all inselbergs would be Ayer's Rock in Australia.
But we are really talking about metaphorical extensions here, as with the
Getting back closer to home, I remember remarking to somebody once that
Castleisland, Co. Kerry, had no castle and was not an island. Whereupon it
was pointed out to me that there are indeed remains of a castle on an edge
of town I had not seen, and that it was at one time surrounded by bogland.
Monaincha, too, near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, was famous as an island of
terra firma rising up out of the boglands.