Is Papua New Guinea an island chain?
Papua New Guinea is a part of the Malay Chain of islands. The specific islands known as New Guinea are also called the Bismarck Archipelago.
Papua New Guinea, and the island of New Guinea on which it is located, is part of Oceania, which is a geographical region and not a continent. It is not part of Australia. Papua New Guinea has been an independent country since 16 September 1975. Before that Papua New Guinea was a territory which was governed by Australia. The Pangaea theory states that long ago, the island of New Guinea was connected to Australia.
The highest mountain in Papua New Guinea is Mount Wilhelm, with a height of 4,510m. It is not the highest mountain on the island of New Guinea. The highest mountain on the entire island is Puncak Jaya (also known as Carstensz Pyramid), at 5,030m. This is in West Papua, the Indonesian part of New Guinea.
It does not snow in Papua New Guinea. The country has a tropical climate, with tropical rainforests. However, it does snow on the actual island of New Guinea, of which Papua New Guinea occupies only the eastern half, even though the island is tropical. The mountain Puncak Jaya (4884m) has snow and glaciers, and is in the Indonesian controlled West Papua or Irian Jaya.
No, Papua New Guinea is in the Pacific. It is the country on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, although it is sometimes called New Guinea for short. The western half of New Guinea is Indonesian territory. Papua New Guine and New Guinea are completely different to the country of Guinea (officially the 'Republic of Guinea') in west Africa.