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Title:
The Galapagos Islands : the essential handbook for exploring, enjoying & understanding Darwin's enchanted islands
Author:
Stephenson, Marylee.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Mountaineers Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
157 pages, 8 unnumbered color pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780898866889
Format :
Book

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Summary

A dedicated amateur naturalist presents an updated guide to visiting Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. Covers the plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, and underwater creatures; major islands and visitor sites; and travel tips, from planning a visit to what to bring. Illustrations are all new to this edition


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Part I Overviewp. 11
1. The Living Laboratoryp. 12
2. Human Historyp. 18
3. Saying No to Destructionp. 23
4. Geology and Topographyp. 28
5. Plant Lifep. 30
Coastal Zonep. 31
Arid Lowlands Zonep. 32
Transition Zonep. 33
Scalesia Zonep. 34
Miconia Zonep. 34
Fern and Sedge Zonep. 35
6. Birdsp. 36
Seabirdsp. 38
Land Birdsp. 40
7. Mammalsp. 42
Marine Mammalsp. 43
Land Mammalsp. 45
8. Reptilesp. 46
9. Underwater Lifep. 52
Part II Major Islands and Visitor Sitesp. 55
1. Introductionp. 56
Baltrap. 56
2. Santa Cruz and Nearby Sitesp. 58
Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)p. 60
Nearby Sites: Plaza Sur, Santa Fe, Mosquera, Daphne Major, Seymour Nortep. 71
3. Santiago and Nearby Sitesp. 82
Santiago (San Salvador, James)p. 83
Bartolome (Bartholomew)p. 94
Nearby Sites: Sombrero Chino, Rabidap. 97
4. Tower (Genovesa)p. 100
Darwin Bayp. 101
Prince Philip's Stepsp. 102
5. San Cristobal and Nearby Sitesp. 104
San Cristobal (Chatham)p. 105
Floreana (Santa Maria, Charles)p. 108
Hood (Espanola)p. 115
6. Isabela and Nearby Sitesp. 118
Isabela (Albemarle)p. 119
Fernandina (Narborough)p. 122
Part III Travel Tipsp. 125
1. Are the Islands for You?p. 126
2. Planning a Visitp. 127
Making Arrangementsp. 127
Planning the Length of a Visitp. 129
Time of Year for Visitingp. 130
3. Trip Cost and Living Conditions on the Boatp. 132
4. Physical and Mental Requirementsp. 135
A Word About Childrenp. 136
5. What to Bringp. 138
Clothingp. 138
Toiletries and Medicinep. 138
Equipmentp. 139
Passportp. 140
Moneyp. 140
Communicationsp. 141
6. Notes on Photographyp. 142
Appendixesp. 146
A. Quito and Mainland Ecuadorp. 146
B. Suggested Readingp. 148
C. Information for Galapagos Supportersp. 149
D. Referencesp. 150
Trip Logp. 152
Indexp. 154