Darwin in Galápagos

Footsteps to a New World
Author: K. Thalia Grant,Gregory B. Estes
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691142106
Category: Science
Page: 362
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Recreates the scientist's historic visit to the Galapagos Islands using his original notebooks and logs, the latest findings by scholars and researchers, and the authors' first-hand knowledge of the archipelago.

Galapagos, a Natural History


Author: Michael Hume Jackson
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
ISBN: 1895176077
Category: History
Page: 315
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This book details the natural history of the plants and animals found in the Galapagos Islands. A list of the dominant plants according to vegetation zone is included. Of particular note is the discussion of the problems of colonisation by founding populations, biological evolution, and ecology, and of the evolutionary processes bringing about species diversity.

Flowering Plants of the Galápagos


Author: Conley K. McMullen
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801486210
Category: Nature
Page: 370
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The Galápagos are home to a wide-ranging assortment of unusual plants and animals. The islands became famous as the site of Charles Darwin's research leading to his theory of evolution by natural selection, and their magnificent flora and fauna continue to draw visitors from around the world. Based on the author's sixteen years of fieldwork and featuring his exceptional photography, Flowering Plants of the Galápagos is the first accessible, in-depth yet compact guide to the plant life of the area. An invaluable resource for tourists, natural history enthusiasts, and professionals, the book:* introduces the botanical history of the islands and their varied ecological zones* allows easy identification of 436 flowering plants (77 families, 192 genera, and 390 species)* covers endemic plants found exclusively on the islands; native plants, which grow on the Galápagos and elsewhere; and exotic plants present as a result of human actions* offers thorough accounts of the plants which give the scientific, common, and family names; range; islands inhabited; habitat; description; and additional notes of interest* is richly illustrated with 266 color photographs of flowering plants and 117 of plant pollinators, vegetation zones, non-flowering plants, and the islands themselves* organizes species by form, leaf arrangement, and flower color and includes descriptive plant drawings to aid in identification * provides a map of the Galápagos and a list of plants likely to be seen at popular tourist sites

Galapagos

World's End
Author: William Beebe
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486140083
Category: History
Page: 528
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More than 100 splendid illustrations enhance this fascinating firsthand account of a 1923 expedition to survey the wildlife of the Galápagos Islands. "High romance, exact science, fascinating history, wild adventure." — Nation.

Understanding Galapagos


Author: Randy Moore,Sehoya Cotner
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 9780073532288
Category: Science
Page: 448
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We wanted a book that includes up-to-date information about evolution in Galápagos, yet is accessible by professional biologists, laypeople, students, armchair travelers, and the merely curious. Naming the endemic-and often curious-organisms in Galápagos from checklists can be rewarding; that's why you will find checklists of the islands' iconic species in this book (Chapter 12). But understanding what you see is a different adventure, and that is one thing that we hope distinguishes this book from others. In short, we wanted to write a book that would help you not lust identify what you see, but understand what you see. Such an understanding goes beyond identification guides and traditional natural history and requires a context that includes the islands' biology, geology, climate, and history. In this book, you will find discussions (and checklists) of the native and endemic organisms you'll see, especially the iconic ones such as penguins, land and marine iguanas, finches, giant tortoises, and albatrosses (see color images). However, we have not described all of the organisms on the islands-after all, there are more than 600 species of lichens and 2,9OO species of marine organisms, not to mention the more than 50 families, 300 genera, and 370 species of endemic and native beetles. Similarly, we discuss many, but not all, of the most troublesome introduced species (at last count, there were more than 1,400 such species). We have focused on the native and endemic "stars" of Galápagos that fill tourists' must-see lists. Although our book emphasizes evolution, we have also addressed several other topics, for evolution cannot be understood without a corresponding understanding of its context: namely, the geology, climate, and historical impact of humans on the ecosystem. This is why you will find discussions of the islands' geology, weather, trails, and Visitor Sites in this book. We also wrote this book to emphasize the importance of preserving Galápagos, as well as to help readers understand the challenges facing the islands. To ensure accuracy and consistency, the information in this book was derived from visiting the islands more than 30 times over many years; talking with numerous Galápagos National Park Service guides, boat captains, boat crews, school teachers and other residents of Galápagos, and former prisoners at the Wall of Tears penal colony; documenting the GPS coordinates of more than 350 sites, usually with two independent GNPS units (Appendix 1); studying documents at a variety of libraries, research stations, and related locations such as GNPS, Charles Darwin Research Station, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and Instituto Oceanografico de la Armada; being on the bridge with boat captains in the most challenging conditions and regions of the islands (Appendix 2); and, when necessary, hiking, scuba diving, and interviewing local residents to resolve controversies (e.g., the exact location of Jessica; see Chapter 11).

Galapagos at the Crossroads

Pirates, Biologists, Tourists and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution
Author: Carol Ann Bassett
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 9781426204029
Category: Nature
Page: 302
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For millions, the Galapagos represent nature at its most unspoiled, an inviolate place famed for its rare flora and fauna. But soon today's 30,000 human residents will surpass 50,000, a huge problem since almost all of the land is national park. Add invasive species, floods of tourists, and unresolved conflicts between Ecuadorian laws and local concerns: It's easy to see why the Galapagos were recently added to UNESCO's World Heritage in Danger list. Each chapter in this provocative, perceptive book focuses on a specific person or group endeavoring either to exploit or protect the Galapagos' natural resources-from modern-day pirates who poach endangered marine species to environmental activists who patrol protected waters to catch them red-handed. The story Bassett tells explores the inevitable clash in values between these often quirky, always dedicated individuals and their activities. Bassett presents a perspective as readable as it is sensible. Told with wit, passion, and grace, the Galapagos story serves as a microcosm for Earth itself, a perfect example of how an environment can be destroyed.

The Galapagos

A Natural History
Author: Henry Nicholls
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465035957
Category: Science
Page: 224
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The natural and human history of the Galapagos Islands—beloved vacation spot, fiery volcanic chain, and one of the critical sites in the history of science The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates who encountered them as Las Encantadas: the enchanted islands, home to exotic creatures and dramatic volcanic scenery. In The Galapagos, science writer Henry Nicholls offers a lively natural and human history of the archipelago, charting its evolution from deserted wilderness to scientific resource (made famous by Charles Darwin) and global ecotourism hot spot. He describes the island chain's fiery geological origins as well as the long history of human interaction with it, and draws vivid portraits of the Galapagos' diverse life forms, capturing its awe-inspiring landscapes, its understated flora, its stunning wildlife and, crucially, the origin of new species. Finally, he considers the immense challenges facing the islands and what lies ahead. Nicholls shows that what happens in the Galapagos is not merely an isolated concern, but reflects the future of our species' relationship with nature—and the fate of our planet.

Evolution's Workshop

God and Science on the Galapagos Islands
Author: Edward J. Larson
Publisher: Palabra
ISBN: 9780465038114
Category: Science
Page: 336
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Summer for the Gods takes readers to the Galapagos Islands to probe the roots of evolutionary science in this unique biologically diverse locale. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

The Galapagos Islands


Author: Pierre Constant
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Travel
Page: 301
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The wildlife paradise of the Galapagos Islan ds is a showcase of evolution in action. Constant describes the geology and history of the islands, as well as the birds, reptiles, mammals and marine life that make the islands th eir home '

Galápagos

The Islands that Changed the World
Author: Paul D. Stewart
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300122305
Category: History
Page: 240
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Details the natural and human history of the islands and describes Darwin's theory of evolution.

The New Neotropical Companion


Author: John Kricher
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400885582
Category: Nature
Page: 448
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The New Neotropical Companion is the completely revised and expanded edition of a book that has helped thousands of people to understand the complex ecology and natural history of the most species-rich area on Earth, the American tropics. Featuring stunning color photos throughout, it is a sweeping and cutting-edge account of tropical ecology that includes not only tropical rain forests but also other ecosystems such as cloud forests, rivers, savannas, and mountains. This is the only guide to the American tropics that is all-inclusive, encompassing the entire region's ecology and the amazing relationships among species rather than focusing just on species identification. The New Neotropical Companion is a book unlike any other. Here, you will learn how to recognize distinctive ecological patterns of rain forests and other habitats and to interpret how these remarkable ecosystems function—everything is explained in clear and engaging prose free of jargon. You will also be introduced to the region's astonishing plant and animal life. Informative and entertaining, The New Neotropical Companion is a pleasurable escape for armchair naturalists, and visitors to the American tropics will want to refer to this book before, during, and after their trip. Covers all of tropical America Describes the species and habitats most likely to be observed by visitors Includes every major ecosystem, from lowland rain forests to the high Andes Features a wealth of color photos of habitats, plants, and animals

Galapagos Wildlife


Author: David Horwell,Pete Oxford
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
ISBN: 1841623601
Category: Nature
Page: 156
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Introduces the habitats, animals, and plants in the Galâapagos Islands; offers advice on the locations, sights, and activities to do while visiting the area; and chronicles the conservation efforts made to preserve the area.

Galapagos

Preserving Darwin's legacy
Author: Tui de Roy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Wildlife
ISBN: 9781472966964
Category: Science
Page: 240
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This sumptuous large-format book was first produced in 2009 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Charles Darwin Foundation on Galapagos. The book comprises a series of invited essays under the editorship of world-renowned photographer and long-term Galapagos resident, Tui de Roy, who has also provided most of the photographs. The authoritative essays cover the entire spectrum of Galapagos wildlife including the marine environment, unique vegetation such as sunflower trees as well as wildlife including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions and the Galapagos finches that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution. This new edition has significant updates to a number of chapters including brand new photography and information about scientific developments elsewhere and a new jacket.

Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature


Author: David Quammen
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393076326
Category: Nature
Page: 352
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"David Quammen is simply the best natural essayist working today."--Tim Cahill, author of Lost in My Own Backyard "Lively writing about science and nature depends less on the offering of good answers, I think, than on the offering of good questions," said David Quammen in the original introduction to Natural Acts. For more than two decades, he has stuck to that credo. In this updated version of curiosity leads him from New Mexico to Romania, from the Congo to the Amazon, asking questions about mosquitoes (what are their redeeming merits?), dinosaurs (how did they change the life of a dyslexic Vietnam vet?), and cloning (can it save endangered species?). This revised and expanded edition best-loved "Natural Acts" columns, which first appeared in Outside magazine in the early 1980s, and includes recent pieces such as "Planet of Weeds," an influential new Natural Acts is an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work. Song lyrics have been redacted from this ebook owing to permissions issues.

Charles Darwin Slept Here


Author: John Woram
Publisher: Rockville Press, Inc.
ISBN: 0976933608
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 460
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The human and cartographic history of the Galapagos Islands, with chapters about many of the interesting characters who have visited or settled there.

Wildlife of the Galápagos

Second Edition
Author: Julian Fitter,Daniel Fitter,David Hosking
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 0691170428
Category:
Page: N.A
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Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins

Survivors in Armor
Author: Ronald Isaac Orenstein
Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 308
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Provides information about turtles around the world, including side-necks, hidden necks, terrapins, and tortoises, and explores their anatomy, life-cycle, habitats, and threats to their existence.

A Traveler's Guide to the Galapagos Islands


Author: Barry Boyce
Publisher: Hunter Publishing, Inc
ISBN: 9781588433893
Category: Travel
Page: 280
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The Galapagos Islands, a remote paradise, are as mysterious as ever. But the details of travel to the Galapagos are no longer a mystery. The essentials of a how-to travel adventure to the Land of Darwin are now available in the comprehensive "Traveler's Guide to the Galapagos Islands." From which airlines to choose and why, to a detailed analysis of the Tour Operator network, Barry Boyce describes the rules and tells the reader how to play the adventure travel game. Entire chapters are devoted to topics such as choosing a tour (with descriptions, analyses, and price structures of all the yachts and cruise ships), what to pack and what not to pack, photographic opportunities and equipment on land and underwater, Galapagos history, wildlife and a detailed tour of the islands. First edition reviews: "Boyce's excitement and knowledge mix to produce a comprehensive and responsible guide to touring the Galapagos." -- Brad Hooper, Booklist. "Just on the market and badly needed... Boyce's effort is likely to be a definitive work." -- Zeke Wigglesworth, San Jose Mercury News. To order, call or write Hunter Publishing - 130 Campus Drive, Edison, NJ 08818. Phone 800-255-0343 or 732-225-1900; fax 732-417-1744; www.hunterpublishing.com. E-mail [email protected]

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galápagos Islands

An Identification Guide
Author: Andy Swash,Rob Still,Ian Lewington
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300115321
Category: Nature
Page: 168
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This pocket-sized volume is a comprehensive guide to the unique wildlife of the Galapagos, encompassing the birds, mammals, and reptiles a visitor to these extraordinary islands might encounter. 53 color plates.

A Neotropical Companion

An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics. Illustrated by Andrea S. LeJeune
Author: John Kricher
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 140086691X
Category: Nature
Page: 448
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A Neotropical Companion introduces armchair travelers, field naturalists, and conservationists to the tropics of Central and South America. In recent years the neotropics have been more and more frequently visited by those interested in rain forests and the exotic birds, mammals, insects, and plants of these ecosystems. At the same time scientific knowledge of the neotropics has bourgeoned. A primer for the student and for the scientific amateur, this well-illustrated volume presents a general and up-to-date view of some of the world's most complex natural environments. In addition, it provides the neotropical specialist with a broad look at the entire field of neotropical biology. After giving an overview of the different kinds of ecosystems in the tropics, the author describes the structure, function, and evolution of tropical rain forests. Tropical trees are then discussed, as are the vast array of vines, orchids, bromeliads, and other plants that live among the branches of the forest giants. A chapter on the "tropical pharmacy" treats the many drugs present in tropical vegetation and the evolutionary influence of these drugs. The book surveys the great diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods of the neotropics and provides separate chapters on tropical savannas and on coastal ecosystems. An epilogue deals with the crucially important issues of the conservation of neotropical environments.