The Galapagos Islands
Just off the coast of Ecuador is where you can find the volcanic islands of the Galapagos. Here you can find unique animals and plants that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. The Galapagos Islands gave British scientist Charles Darwin the opportunity to create his theory of evolution (attention statement). The variety of wildlife found on land and in water of the Galapagos Islands have been kept in isolation for so long, that many of the species can only be found there and many have not changed since prehistoric times(thesis). Today I am going to talk about the history of the Galapagos Islands, when the islands were discovered, and finally what allowed Charles Darwin to develop his ideas on evolution (preview).
1. The Galapagos Islands were discovered in 1535, but humans didn’t actually live there until the 1800s because of the harsh climate and terrain.
a. According to the "Galápagos Islands." (n.d.): Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, the islands have 85 different species of birds.
b. On the Galapagos Islands there are16 main islands, six smaller islands, and 10 rocks and islets.
i. Several of the volcanoes on the island are active.
ii. The island that Charles Darwin studied most animals was in Santa Cruz.
iii.The Galápagos National Park helps protect and conserve many of the islands.
c. Authors Elizabeth Hennessy, and Amy L. McCleary of the “Nature's Eden? The Production and Effects of 'Pristine' Nature in the Galápagos Islands,” journal explain how increases in tourism, migration and the introduction of non-native species are threatening the biodiversity.
II. The animals on these islands’ have surprisingly not been affected by human presence.
a. prehistoric creatures are surprisingly un-impacted by human presence.
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