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Galapagos Islands

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands
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Welcome to the Galapagos Islands

Perched in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles from Ecuador, these islands are home to unique species on land and underwater. When Charles Darwin visited in 1835, they became his laboratory to study the origins of life.

Although protected, the islands still face threats. Glimpse the past and peer into the future to see efforts to take care of the natural world.

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Explore the Galapagos

Explore the Galapagos

These remote islands may be the birthplace of our understanding of evolution, thanks to Charles Darwin. Trace his journey there and explore the Galapagos' animals and geology. More...

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Charles Darwin Facts

Charles Darwin Facts

Thanks to his writings on evolution and natural selection, humans gained a new view of our world. Discover more about this 19th-century English naturalist. More...

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Science Kids
Creature Features: Galápagos Tortoises

Creature Features: Galápagos Tortoises

The longest-living vertebrate and the world’s largest tortoise, the Galápagos tortoise has only one native natural predator. Investigate this endangered species through photos, sounds, and video. More...

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National Geographic
Darwin’s Mockingbirds Knock Finches Off Perch

Darwin’s Mockingbirds Knock Finches Off Perch

Finches are the birds credited with helping Charles Darwin reach his conclusions on evolution. But mockingbirds held the actual key. Find out what they told him. More...

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Natural History Museum, London
Destination: Galapagos Islands

Destination: Galapagos Islands

Take a cyber field trip to the Galapagos Islands. Read first-hand expedition accounts, watch on-site video journals, and test yourself on the scavenger hunt. More...

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PBS
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Galapagos Animals

Galapagos Animals

Investigate the lives of the islands' colorful residents, including the red- and blue-footed boobies, vermillion flycatcher, lava lizard, and the giant tortoise that is their namesake. More...

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Animal Corner
Galapagos Geology on the Web

Galapagos Geology on the Web

Tour this volcanic archipelago and see how the Galapagos Islands formed — and why geology is important to understanding the origin and evolution of unique animals. More...

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Cornell University
Galapagos History

Galapagos History

Remote and isolated, the inhospitable Galapagos Islands have no native peoples. But they did serve as a refuge for pirates and castaways. More...

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Paul Ward
Taking a Walk on the Wild Side in Galapagos

Taking a Walk on the Wild Side in Galapagos

Gaze or gawk at the colorful creatures that make their home on the Galapagos Islands in these up-close and somewhat personal pictures.

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