In the mid-1800s, the Galápagos Islands served as Charles Darwin’s playground, a volcanic archipelago where he famously worked on his theories of evolution and natural selection. But who actually discovered the islands? Why didn’t any country claim them for more than 200 years? And is ecotourism hurting or helping these mysterious islands?
This volume explores the history, science, and culture of the Galápagos Islands. A Preface, Introduction, Chronology, and Galápagos at a Glance primer introduce readers to the islands that are so famously associated with Charles Darwin. Twelve thematic essays allow readers to explore such topics as evolution, the geology of the islands, invasive species, and tourism in depth. Topical entries follow, covering key individuals and organizations as well as other important concepts and ideas.
Thirteen primary document excerpts allow readers to study firsthand accounts from explorers and visitors to the islands. Appendices, a glossary, a bibliography, and sidebars round out the text. Students of history, geography, and science will find this volume informative, while general readers will be intrigued to learn about these unique islands.
- Thematic essays introduce readers to the Galápagos Islands, providing deep coverage on the geography and geology of the islands, as well as such topics as Charles Darwin, evolution, and tourism
- Alphabetically arranged topical entries allow readers to search for a wide range of topics, complete with cross-references and Further Readings
- Primary document excerpts from scientists and explorers provide readers with firsthand accounts of travelers' observations and experiences on the islands
- Appendices provide context about the islands and Charles Darwin's expedition in 1835 that helped to make the islands famous
- A Glossary helps to define key terms and concepts for readers
- A Chronology outlines key events through history that helped to shape the Galápagos Islands as we know them today