The Galapagos

Profile, 13. mar. 2014 - 256 sider

Formed of dramatic volcanic scenery and home to marvellous beasts, it is little wonder that the first name for the Galįpagos archipelago was Las Encantadas: the enchanted islands. In this captivating natural history, Henry Nicholls builds up the ecology of these famous islands, from their explosive origins to the arrival of the archipelago's celebrated reptiles and ultimately humans. It's a story of change, as the islands are transformed from lava-strewn wilderness into a vital scientific resource and a sought-after destination for eco-enthusiasts.

Charles Darwin's five-week visit to the Galįpagos in 1835 played a pivotal role in this transformation. At the time, he was more interested in rocks than finches, took the opportunity to ride on the backs of tortoises and fling iguanas into the sea. Yet the Galįpagos experience can be an inspiration and it certainly was for Darwin, pointing him towards one of the most important and influential ideas in the history of humankind: evolution by natural selection. And with the Darwin connection, the Galįpagos found itself propelled onto a global stage.

But worldwide fame has brought with it nearly 200,000 tourists a year and a human population now estimated at around 30,000. If Darwin learned from the Galįpagos, so we must too. For what happens here in years to come foreshadows the fate of threatened ecosystems everywhere on earth.

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The Galįpagos: A Natural History

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The Galįpagos Islands, located in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador, are world-renowned for their distinct wildlife, relatively pristine ecosystems, and direct link to Charles Darwin ... Les hele vurderingen

THE GALĮPAGOS: A Natural History

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"Hardly a day goes by that I do not think about these wonderful islands," writes Nicholls (The Way of the Panda: The Curious History of China's Political Animal, 2011, etc.), combining natural history ... Les hele vurderingen

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Henry Nicholls is a journalist, author and broadcaster,in evolutionary biology, conservation and history of science. He is the author of The Way of the Panda (9781846683688). His first book Lonesome George was about the Galapagos Archipelago and global conservation.

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