Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

by Pierre Constant


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789622176539
Publisher: Airphoto International/Odyssey
Publication date: 07/28/2000
Series: Odyssey Passport Series
Edition description: 4TH
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.99(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Scientific and Historical Data
Chapter 1General setting of the islands; Geology and origin of the Galapagos; Volcanism; Glacial ages12
Chapter 2Ocean currents; Seasons and climate; Temperatures; 'El Nino'25
Chapter 3Human history of the Galapagos Islands; Island names; Darwin and the Galapagos31
Chapter 4Arrival and establishment of organisms39
Chapter 5The theory of evolution: The Galapagos Case43
Chapter 6Flora and vegetation zones65
Part 2Fauna of the GalaPagos
Chapter 1Reptiles: geckos, snakes, lizards, marine and land iguanas, marine turtles, giant tortoises74
Chapter 2Seabirds; Shore and lagoon birds102
Chapter 3Land birds; Darwin's finches137
Chapter 4Mammals: bats, rats, sea lions146
Chapter 5Marine life: fish, whales, dolphins; Commercial fishing; Lobsters and black coral; The Marine Reserve; Illegal fishing and the 'Pepinos affair'150
List of the 413 species of fish152
Part 3Description of the Islands
Chapter 1Central islands: Baltra, Seymour, Santa Cruz, South Plaza, Santa Fe, Daphne, Rabida, Pinzon195
Chapter 2Southern islands: Floreana, Espanola, San Cristobal219
Chapter 3Northern islands: Genovesa, Marchena, Pinta, Darwin and Wolf231
Chapter 4Western islands: Santiago, Bartolome, Sombrero Chino, Isabela, Fernandina237
Chapter 5The dry and wet landings252
Chapter 6Scuba diving254
List of the 52 dive sites256
Part 4The Galapagos National Park
Chapter 1Administration and history260
Chapter 2Introduced mammals; Rules of preservation for the visitor; The National Park guides268
Chapter 3The Charles Darwin Research Station274
Practical information275
Historical index278
Lexicon of the fauna of the Galapagos287
Appendix 1Oceanographic research and 'hot spots' in the Galapagos290
Appendix 2Distribution of the land birds according to vegetation zones292
Appendix 3Human population of the Galapagos293
Table of maps and illustrations294
About the Author301

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