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The Galapagos Islands were pirates favorite hideout and supply base for water and meat (particularly the giant tortoises).
This exploitation on the Galapagos, brought the tortoise, fur seals and sperm whales, near extinction.
100th Anniversary of the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species, the Galapagos Islands became Ecuador's first National Park and the non-profit Charles Darwin Foundation was established to assist the in preservation of the islands.
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  Travel to Galapagos Islands - General Information
The largest island is Isabela, with a total area of 4,590 Km2 which presents the highest point of the archipelago, volcano Wolf, 1,690 meters.
Other islands like Baltra and North Seymour, have evidence of having been formed by tectonic movements, in which the bottom of the ocean was pushed towards the surface.
Although located on the equator, the Galapagos Islands are not always humid and hot as other equatorial regions, due to its location on the Pacific dry area, where temperatures keep low par of the year by the influence of the Humboldt cold current coming from the Antarctica.
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Indeed, the Galapagos islands are considered to be one of the most active volcanic areas in the world.
The islands were discovered by chance in 1535 when father Tomas Berlanga, the bishop of Panama sailed to Peru to settle a dispute between Francisco Pizarro and his lieutenants after the conquest of the Incas.
Following the bishop, the islands were rarely visited and became the refuge for pirates and privateers preying on Spanish galleons and coastal towns.
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The Galapagos was finally annexed by Ecuador in 1832, and a decade later, a few small settlements were established on some of the islands.
Relative Location The Galapagos Islands, positioned on, or near, the Equator, are subsequently found in the northern, southern and western hemispheres.
Landforms The Galapagos islands are volcanic in origin and several volcanoes in the west of the archipelago are still very active, especially those on Isla Fernandina, Isla Isabela and Isla Santiago.
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 Galapagos Islands
Another reptile native to the Galapagos Islands is the Galapagos Giant Tortoise; in fact, the Galapagos Islands are named after their best-known residents because galapagos means tortoise in Spanish.
There are fourteen major islands and dozens of tiny inlets in the Galapagos Islands, which were formed by the thirteen volcanoes in the ecosystem.
The Galapagos Islands, which are about four or five million years old, cover approximately 7845 square kilometers on both sides of the equator.
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 Discover Galapagos - Galapagos Islands Guided Tour - The Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador
The Galapagos Archipelago is situated 800 kilometers west of the Ecuadorian coast and lie directly on the equator.
Some of the craters, surmounting the larger islands, are of immense size, and they rise to a height of between three and four thousand feet.
Considering the small size of the islands, we feel the more astonished at the number of their aboriginal beings, and at their confined range.
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 Galapagos Islands - Regions of Ecuador - Ecuador General Information : GoEcuador.com
The islands isolation, volcanic topography and characteristic climate have conspired to provide a place for new species like the land iguana, the giant Galapagos tortoise and other species to thrive.
Of all of Galapagos wondrous sights, it was the small variations in the shape of the beaks of the islands' finches that ultimately cemented the theory of Evolution and Natural Selection in Darwin's brain.
The Galapagos are located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, 90 degrees west of the Greenwich Meridian on the equatorial line.
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 Galapagos Islands Geology - Learn all about the Islands before your tour or cruise
The geologically recent volcanic eruptions attest to the fact that the Galapagos Islands are a place born of fire.
For instance the easterly islands are among other islands that are partially or entirely sunken aging over 5 million years old.
The quarter-moon shape of Genovesa and the sunken core across the bay from Pinnacle Rock at Bartolome testify to these islands born of fire and tempered by salt-water.
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The islands' tumultuous volcanic history of scorched earth and fiery flows are evident the moment you arrive.
The islands are fortuitously positioned at the confluence of three distinct oceanic currents, creating a sea of contradictions, as well as one of the highest levels of marine endemism anywhere in the world: nearly one in four species is unique to the islands.
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 NMNH Galapagos Expedition - Home Page
The 3-D IMAX film Galapagos, produced by the Smithsonian Institution and IMAX, Ltd., follows scientists on a research expedition to the remote Galápagos Islands, located in the eastern Pacific Ocean about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, South America.
The effects of El Niño had a significant impact on the islands in the summer of 1998 and, as a result, much of the wildlife the producers hoped to film could not be found.
Galapagos represents the first IMAX 3-D natural history film shot in such a remote location, and the technological challenges that faced the crew were daunting.
www.mnh.si.edu /expeditions/galapagos   (387 words)

 Surf Galapagos Islands
Known as "Las Islas Encantadas" (The Enchanted Isles), the Galapagos islands are located on the equator approximately 800 km west of the Ecuador mainland.
The Galapagos Islands are the pride of Ecuador and are internationally renowned as the place where Charles Darwin witnessed unique animal species cut off from the natural evolutionary processes of the continents and advanced his theories of Evolution.
As such, the Galapagos islands are on a short list of locations which really amplify and harvest the power of North Pacific ground swells and enjoy ideal weather and wind conditions.
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 Galapagos - tips by travel authority Howard Hillman
The Galapagos Islands are remote, some 1000 kilometers (600 miles) off the South American coast.
This geographical isolation enabled Galapagos Island creatures to slowly change into new versions of themselves, ones that are found nowhere else on earth.
The islands were the catalyst for the evolution theory developed by Charles Darwin in the early 1800s.
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 Galapagos Islands tours & cruises - Island cruise tour - Galapagos Cruises
If you are looking for a great vacation and a wonderful tour of the Galapagos Islands this could be a great option for your cruise ship to the Galapagos.
The M/C Anahi offers the best cabins available for a yacht this size and a comforatable cruise for the Galapagos Islands including Suites for honeymooners.This yacht is perfect for more up close and personal cruises for family or buisness partners whichever you may choose.
The "Islands of fire" are unique amongst other wilderness destinations around the world, wildlife and its behaviour make the Galapagos Islands an attraction for scientists and nature lovers.
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 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Galápagos Islands xeric scrub (NT1307)
The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador although they lie in the Pacific Ocean about 960 km to the west of mainland South America.
To geologists these islands are considered quite young, dating back 3-6 million years for the oldest islands in the eastern part of the archipelago and less than 1 million years for the younger islands in the west.
The Galapagos Islands were lumped under the broad classification of xeric scrub to better represent the broad scale classifications of ecoregions, and we recognise the unique and diverse species associations that stray from this classification in the montane regions (CDF/WWF In prep.).
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 Galapagos Islands travel guide - Wikitravel
The Galapagos Islands are a small archipelago of islands belonging to Ecuador in the western Pacific Ocean.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries the islands were inhabited by very few settlers and were used as a penal colony, the last closing in 1959 when the islands were declared a national park.
Flights to the Galapagos are relatively easy to arrange and depart from Quito and Guayaquil on a daily basis for the Isla Baltra airport, about two hours by public transport from Puerto Ayora, the main settlement of the Galapagos, on the central island of Santa Cruz.
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The islands emerge from the Pacific some three to five million years ago as the result of underwater volcanic eruptions.
To discover the Galapagos Islands is to discover nature in its purest state.
All of the Galapagos reptiles, half of the birds, 32% of the plants and 25% of the fish, as well as many of the invertebrates, are found only in the archipelago.
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The archipelago's largest denizens, the giant tortoises, are endemic to almost all of the islands and, having outlived heavy harvesting in the whaling era, are regarded as a symbol of survival in the Galápagos.
Darwin arrived on the islands aboard the HMS Beagle of the British Admiralty.
The principal partner of the Charles Darwin Foundation is the Galapagos National Park Service, the government agency that manages the National Park, and, since the passing of the Special Law for Galapagos in 1998, the Galapagos Marine Reserve.
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 Wildlife Gallery of Galapagos Animals
is, that the different islands to a considerable extent are inhabited by a different set of beings.
I never dreamed that islands, about fifty or sixty miles apart, and most of them in sight of each other, formed of precisely the same rocks, placed under a quite similar climate, rising to a nearly equal height, would have been differently tenanted.
Being one of the Islands most important endemic scavengers, they play an essential role at the "top" of the food chain.
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The Island's interesting volcanic geology, as well as its rich flora and fauna have been admired and studied by numerous travelers, scientist, and nature-lovers.
On the Islands, a multitude of animals, by most people only known from the Discovery Channel, are romping about: the main reason for tourists and nature lovers to pay the Galapagos Islands a visit.
Talking of men on the Islands: One of the first to visit was no less a person than Charles Darwin, who was fascinated by the natural history of the archipelago.
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 Galápagos Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The first crude navigation chart of the islands was done by the buccaneer Ambrose Cowley in 1684, and in those charts he named the islands after some of his fellow pirates or after the English noblemen who helped the pirates' cause.
This island is formed by the remaining edge of a large crater that is submerged.
Santa Cruz is the island that hosts the largest human population in the archipelago at the town of Puerto Ayora.
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Each island is filled with Galapagos travel highlights: snorkeling with playful sea lions, admiring the amusing blue-footed Boobie, whale-watching, or hiking to lava tunnels on Santa Cruz Island.
Touring the Galapagos Islands is a luxurious and relaxing experience from the decks of the Galapagos Yacht Angelito.
Ideal for those seeking exclusivity and uniqueness on their Galapagos cruise, Alta is very stylish with the special charm of a sailing ship.
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 Environmental Issues of the Galapagos Islands
There are a plethora of environmental problems plaguing the islands, some stemming from the pressures of world climate changes such El Niño (ENSO), others arising from commercial fishing, and overpopulation, and many resulting from the introduction of species by humans dating back to the 1800's.
Four goats were introduced to the Santiago Islands in the early 1800's, went rampant and one estimate calculated that their population had grown to nearly 100,000.
Environmental education efforts on the Islands help their inhabitants understand the larger picture and need for conservation, and responsible tourism and enforced park guidelines help preserve the Galapagos for the future.
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 Aggressor: Explore the Galapagos Islands from the Aggressor Fleet adventure yachts
The Galapagos Aggressor I and II passed their ISO (International Standards Organization) ratings last December and became a recognized ISO (9001:2000 and 14001:2004) agency as of February 2006.
Take a cruise on the Galapagos Aggressors...and be a part of an evironmentally friendly and safe operation and a boat that aims to please.
The Galapagos Islands, situated 600 miles west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, comprise 19 main islands and several small islands.
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 The Galápagos Islands, Galápagos Islands Information, Animals In The Galápagos Islands
Free of humans for almost their entire history, the Galápagos have developed some of the most unique forms of life on the planet, highly adapted to the harsh surroundings and in ecological isolation from the rest of the world.
It was not until Charles Darwin's famous visit to the islands in 1835, which helped inspire the theory of evolution by natural selection, that the Galápagos Islands gained international recognition.
Today, the islands are known throughout the world for their scientific importance.
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 Galapagos Islands the Most Exotic and Incredible Islands are Waiting for YOU
The Galapagos islands are the place where you will have a truly relaxing and amazing time exploring through the main 13 major islands and 6 smaller ones.
Galapagos beaches are just stunning with white and shine sands, dark and solid rocks, unique landscapes and deep crystal clear waters.
Galapagos weather a nice and very comfortable climate is waiting for you in these enchanted islands.
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 The Galapagos Islands
The islands and surrounding waters are quite literally teaming with exotic and colorful creatures that have never learned to fear humans.
The Galapagos seas tend to be very calm, making travel by yacht ideal and often the only way to see the most the islands have to offer.
The islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana are the only islands you are permitted to visit at night.
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 Galapagos Conservancy
Galapagos Conservancy (GC), formerly known as Charles Darwin Foundation, Inc., advocates for the lasting protection of the Galapagos Islands through programs of constituency building, education, and fundraising in North America.
Galapagos Conservancy has its roots in two organizations that merged in 2002: the Darwin Scientific Foundation, an organization which managed an endowment for research in Galapagos, and Charles Darwin Foundation, Inc., an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Galapagos conservation.
Our 11,000 Friends of Galapagos are individuals and institutions who care deeply about the Galapagos Islands and understand the scientific importance of preserving this one-of-a-kind ecosystem.
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