Schütt, Great

Schütt, Great (shüt) [key], Slovak Velký Žitný Ostrov vĕlˈkē zhĭtˈnē ôˈstrôf, island, c.725 sq mi (1,880 sq km), SW Slovakia, in the Danubian lowlands between the Danube River and its northern arm. It extends c.55 mi (90 km) from Bratislava to Komárno. The island's fertile soil produces a variety of crops. Opposite the Great Schütt lies Szigetközsĭˈgĕtkûz, or the Little Schütt, an island c.30 mi (50 km) long and up to c.10 mi (16 km) wide, in NW Hungary between the Danube River and its southern arm. Wheat, rye, and dairy products are produced there. In 1954 a disastrous flood submerged much of the island.

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