This encyclopedia provides readers with a comprehensive look at the Galapagos Islands, from the wildlife and scientists that made them famous to the challenges and issues the islands face today.
In the mid-1800s, the Galapagos 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 over 200 years? And is ecotourism hurting or helping these mysterious islands?
This volume explores the history, science, and culture of the Galapagos Islands. A Preface, Introduction, Chronology, and At-A-Glance primer introduce readers to the islands that are so famously associated with Charles Darwin. Approximately a dozen thematic essays allow readers to explore topics such 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 Galapagos Islands, providing deep coverage on the geography and geology of the islands, as well as Charles Darwin, evolution, tourism, and other topics
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 Galapagos Islands as we know them today
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Randy Moore, PhD, is professor of biology at the University of Minnesota. He is coauthor, with Sehoya Cotner, of Understanding Galapagos: What You'll See and What It Means.