Galįpagos: The Islands that Changed the World
Yale University Press, 2006 - 240 pagine
Rocky, fragile, beautiful, strange--the Galįpagos archipelago is unlike any other place on earth. Its geology, its unique flora and fauna, and its striking role in human history intersect in surprising and dynamic ways. This book is the most wide-ranging and beautifully illustrated book available on the famous islands. Not since Darwin’s Naturalist’s Voyage has a book combined so much scientific and historic information with firsthand accounts that bring the Galįpagos to life.
Galįpagos: The Islands That Changed the World describes how tragedy and murderous pirates curtailed settlement of the islands and how the islands’ pristine nature, spectacular geology, and defining isolation inspired Darwin’s ideas about evolution. The book explores the diverse land and marine habitats that shelter Galįpagos species and considers the islands’ importance today as a frontier for science and a refuge for true wilderness.
The book’s extensive gazetteer provides details about endemic plants and animals as well as travel advice about visitors’ sites, diving, photography, when to go, and what to take. Vividly illustrated throughout, this guide is an indispensable reference for natural history enthusiasts, armchair travelers, and island visitors alike.
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LibraryThing ReviewRecensione dell'utente - psiloiordinary - LibraryThing
A quality production. Words and pictures would hold up on their own but together we get an eye popping glimpse into these famous islands and the wildlife that has played a role in perhaps the single ... Leggi recensione completa
Review: Galįpagos: The Islands That Changed the WorldRecensione dell'utente - Jeff J. - Goodreads
This book is worthwhile for the photographs alone, but it is also a good single-volume guide to the Galįpagos Islands. Extremely well written, the book covers the history, geography, and biology of the region as well as providing tips for travelers. Leggi recensione completa