Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution

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Are the Galapagos really more special than other places? Or are they one example of many microcosms that exist on this fragile planet we call home? I had to conclude that they are unique. Scientists have now said farewell to the Holocene and have rung in a new epoch. They've dubbed it the Anthropocene-a human dominated age in which urban-industrial society has contributed to global warming, mass extinctions, the displacement of species and cultures, and the depletion of non-renewable resources. The impacts, they ...

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Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution

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Overview

Are the Galapagos really more special than other places? Or are they one example of many microcosms that exist on this fragile planet we call home? I had to conclude that they are unique. Scientists have now said farewell to the Holocene and have rung in a new epoch. They've dubbed it the Anthropocene-a human dominated age in which urban-industrial society has contributed to global warming, mass extinctions, the displacement of species and cultures, and the depletion of non-renewable resources. The impacts, they say, are permanent; the course of evolution itself has been thrust into the unknown

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"A modern portrait of the islands... as tourists, fishermen, and immigrants exact their toll on the fragile ecosystem." —Conservation Magazine (Society for Conservation Biology)

"A fantastic tutorial for anyone curious about the natural and human health of the island state today." — Jon Bowermaster, filmmaker, photographer, and writer

"An outstanding saga of a threatened ecosystem...specific and revealing ... a 'must' for any library serious about science and ecological issues." — Midwest Book Review

"Portrays today's Galapagos caught in a deadly vortex of interests that may destroy one of the world's last Edens."
— Broadway Books

"Explores the changing landscape of one of the most interesting and biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth."
Willamette Week

"If you are looking for an example of the battle between the natural environment and human encroachment, this book provides the perfect case."
— The Andersen Library Blog

"A vivid, lyrical account of natural wonders and growing threats...invasive species, illegal fishing, political corruption, lack of education, eco-tourism." — The Denver Post

"Bassett ... uses science, journalism and personal story to illuminate a species ... as a barometer for how the planet is faring." — The Register-Guard

"Absorbing and convincing..." — The News-Reporter

"...could have easily been called Galápagos in the Crosshairs. She makes a passionate case for the preservation of these islands." —American Scientist 

"Takes a hard look at the real story: Due to a number of modern-day issues, the islands are in jeopardy." —Cosis.net 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426204029
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 531,251
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Map: Galapagos Islands 8

Introduction 11

1 Genesis 27

2 Discovery 35

3 The Eminently Curious Darwin 43

4 Early Years 55

5 Puerto Ayora 67

6 Tortugas 87

7 Into the Blue 107

8 Life on The Edge 131

9 "Judas" Goats 147

10 Walking with Giants 155

11 Pirates of Villamil 169

12 Neptune's Warriors 191

13 The Old Man and The Sea 221

14 Birdland 231

15 God on The Rocks 245

16 Puerto Ayora Redux 257

17 Into The Future 269

Epilogue 287

Acknowledgments 291

Bibliography 294

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