Galápagos: The Islands That Changed the World

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Overview

Rocky, fragile, beautiful, strange—the Galápagos archipelago is unlike any other place on earth. Its geology, its unique flora and fauna, and its striking role in human history intersect in surprising and dynamic ways. This book is the most wide-ranging and beautifully illustrated book available on the famous islands. Not since Darwin’s Naturalist’s Voyage has a book combined so much scientific and historic information with firsthand accounts that bring the Galápagos to life.
Galápagos: The Islands That Changed the World describes how tragedy and murderous pirates curtailed settlement of the islands and how the islands’ pristine nature, spectacular geology, and defining isolation inspired Darwin’s ideas about evolution. The book explores the diverse land and marine habitats that shelter Galápagos species and considers the islands’ importance today as a frontier for science and a refuge for true wilderness.
The book’s extensive gazetteer provides details about endemic plants and animals as well as travel advice about visitors’ sites, diving, photography, when to go, and what to take. Vividly illustrated throughout, this guide is an indispensable reference for natural history enthusiasts, armchair travelers, and island visitors alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Noble Proctor
“I have been to the Galapagos and as I read this book I found myself ‘walking the paths’ again. Stewart offers an enjoyable and complete overview of the islands.”—Noble Proctor, author of A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
Margaret Lowman
"The definitive single volume on the Galapagos that ecotourists and readers from all walks of life have been awaiting."—Margaret Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops and co-author of It's a Jungle Up There: More Tales from the Treetops
Noble Proctor

“I have been to the Galapagos and as I read this book I found myself ‘walking the paths’ again. Stewart offers an enjoyable and complete overview of the islands.”—Noble Proctor, author of A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
Margaret Lowman

"The definitive single volume on the Galapagos that ecotourists and readers from all walks of life have been awaiting."—Margaret Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops and co-author of It's a Jungle Up There: More Tales from the Treetops
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300122305
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 336,351
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul D. Stewart has published extensively in leading science and conservation journals. He has produced and filmed many award-winning documentaries for the BBC’s Natural History Unit. Godfrey Merlen, a thirty-year resident of the Galápagos, works with the National Park Service and is director of the Wildaid Foundation. Patrick Morris is an award-winning wildlife documentary maker and the series producer of Galápagos. Andrew Murray is producer of the second episode of the Galápagos series and works with the BBC’s Natural History Unit. Joe Stevens works for the BBC’s Natural History Unit. Richard Wollocombe, one of the first dive guides in the Galápagos, is a naturalist guide and filmmaker in South America.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     6
A Prologue to the Enchanted Isles   Paul D. Stewart     8
Island Origins   Patrick Morris     16
Human Discovery   Paul D. Stewart     38
Darwin & Evolution   Andrew Murray     60
Life on Land   Paul D. Stewart     84
Survival on the Coast   Joe Stevens     108
Ocean Oasis   Richard Wollocombe     138
Conserving the Galapagos   Godfrey Merlen     160
Galapagos - World's End   Paul D. Stewart     178
Gazetteer     188
Bibliography     233
Acknowledgements     235
Index     238
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