The Galapagos Islands Final Paper

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The Galapagos Islands UNESCO Paper
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8/16/2009
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The Galapagos Islands For my final essay I chose to write about The Galapagos Islands, which are located in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 km from the South American coast and straddling the Equator in Ecuador. This site is unfortunately confirmed to be in danger by the World Heritage Committee. I hope that this paper will show you how they are working to overcome the issues that they are having. Galapagos Islands are considered to be a natural site which means this is a site that includes areas identified by reason or physiographical features. The Islands are considered to be relatively young geologically and are famous for their large numbers of species. The Galapagos Islands were first discovered in the year 1535 by Fray Tomás de Berlanga, the Bishop of Panama. History says that the Galapagos Islands were possibly discovered some 60 years before 1535 by the Inca King Tupac Yupanqui, however there was never any proof left behind. In 1684, one of these buccaneers, Ambrose Cowley, made the first crude map of the islands and named each of them, mainly after English kings and noblemen. Though fresh water is scarce in the Galapagos Islands, it can be found in a few localities. Fresh meat, in the form of the giant tortoises, was another valuable commodity to be had in
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the Galapagos Islands. The giant tortoises were highly prized by mariners because they could be kept alive in the holds of ships for many months without food or water. The Galapagos Islands are a group of islands that consist of 13 main islands, 17 smaller islands, and 40 rocks and islets. Even with the Galapagos Islands being located on the Equator, the Humboldt Current brings cold water to the islands, causing frequent drizzles during most of the year. The weather is periodically influenced by the El Nino phenomenon which brings warmer temperatures and heavy rains. During the season known as the Garua, which are the months June through November, the temperature by the sea is 22°C. The weather is steady and cold wind blows from South and Southeast, and frequent drizzles last most of the day, along with dense fog which conceals the islands. During the warm season which are the months December
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2010 for the course BIO 100 BIO/100 taught by Professor Ray during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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