The voyage to the Galapagos Islands…by Jonathan Toker, PHD

 

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The voyage to the Galapagos Islands, located about 600 miles (1000 km) due east of the coastline of Ecuador, is generally a straightforward affair. The islands, 14 large and more than 120 smaller islands and rocks, the result of 4 million years of ongoing volcanic activity between tectonic plates, eerily similar to the Hawaiian Islands in remoteness, origin, and cost of a box of cereal. The most remarkably unknown aspect of the islands is their size, with 5 of the islands of significant size, for a total combined area of 4897 square miles (7880 sq. km), or about the size of the island of Hawaii and Maui combined. Thousands of plants and animals have made their way to the islands since their formation, some on the wings of nature, many more evolutionary variations, and others introduced to the (assumed) benefit of man. More on this later. The other remarkable aspect, for me at least, was the significant presence of human activity on several of the islands, complete with hotels and restaurants. However, with just 3% of the surface area zoned for human use, the vast tracts of land that form part of the Galapagos National Park are seemingly safe from harm, but human presence can be felt nevertheless.

For the full story (Go To Source) Slowtwitch.com – A week in Ecuador…

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About Rene

About Ecuador, Galápagos, the Hospitality & Tourism industry, Conservation and personal Tidbits from a Swiss Hôtelier working in Ecuador & Galapagos and committed to supporting and encouraging local youngsters in Education, Sports and Environmental protection via my Foundation "Nova Galápagos."
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