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Background Resources
El Nino
Touring the Galapagos
Online Galapagos Photo Galleries

Background Resources

Charles Darwin Research Station
The Charles Darwin Research Station conducts and facilitates research in the Galapagos Islands and the Galapagos Marine Resources Reserve of Ecuador. The Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galapagos Islands since 1959. Lots of great scientific findings.

Galapagos Coalition
The Galapagos Coalition is a group of biologists, other scientists and lawyers with expertise in environmental and international law, many of whom have done research in the Galapagos and all of whom are interested in understanding the relationship between the conservation of the Galapagos and human activities. The site includes information on the Charles Darwin Center, Charles Darwin Foundation and environmental degradation. There is also a Virtual Library including a bibliography, listing of books and articles, maps, timelines, photographs and videos.

"The Encantadas," by Herman Melville,
From his book, Piazza Tales,the complete text of the short story online.

Jason III: The Galapagos Islands
Tenth grader Melissa Binde went to the Galapagos Islands with the JASON Project in 1991 -- she was fifteen years old at the time. This overview of her experience is well documented with photography.

The Galapagos: Pressures on Paradise
This very informative website by the World Wildlife Federation features a description of conservation successes by the Ecuadorian government, background on the islands (including a timeline starting in 1535), a slide show and a "critter of the day."

Terraquest's Virtual Galapagos
This educational, virtual trip to the Galapagos includes an atlas, expedition log and an overview of the geology of the region plus information on eco-tourism, island history, Darwin's visit, tourism and wildlife. An Issues section provides on- and off-line opportunities for activism. An additional Education Workbook provides class projects and print resources. Beautiful photography and extensive QuickTime video clips enhance this site.

Voyage of the Beagle
Travel back in time and join Darwin on his voyage on the Beagle. In England, learn about his preparation for the voyage. In Cape Verde and Salvador, there's information about each location, including its climate, and highlights of what Darwin did and observed there.

Galapagos Islands: History and Cartography
A great source of information on the history and cartography of the Galapagos Islands -- subjects often neglected on other sites.


Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin, 1845
The complete text of the book online.

The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, 1859
The complete text of the book online.

Think Tank: Richard Dawkins on Evolution and Religion
Many Americans see a conflict between Darwin's theory of evolution and their religious beliefs. This transcript from the PBS series Think Tank explores these ideas and others with scientist Richard Dawkins.


Galapagos Marine Iguana
Scientist Martin Wikelski, who will be on the Frontiers expedition to the Galapagos, has his own website for this endangered species.

Dave Anderson's Faculty Page
Dave Anderson will be on board the Polaris as Scientific American Frontiers resident Booby expert. Read all about him.

The Albatross Project Galapagos Study
In 1995, The Albatross Project conducted a satellite tracking study in the Galapagos Islands. This site allows visitors to view and study the travel routes of the five birds that were tracked, as well as the team's conclusions.

Peter Grant and Rosemary Grant
Research info and publications by the leading pair of finch research scientists.

Giant Tortoises
From the Charles Darwin Research Station. Background on the Galapagos tortoise and conservation efforts.

Land Iguanas
From the Charles Darwin Research Station. Background on the land iguanas and conservation efforts.

Dark-Rumped Petrels
From the Charles Darwin Research Station. Background on the dark-rumped petrels and conservation efforts.


Map of the Galapagos Islands
An interactive map of the islands.

Fernandina Volcano Slide-Show
This online slide-show shows Fernandina from the Space Shuttle, radar and in and around the volcano itself. A great introduction.

Volcanoes of the Galapagos
Search results from Volcano World. Photos of all of the Galapagos volcanoes.

Isla Isabela Radar Map
This is a three-dimensional view of Isabela constructed by overlaying a Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) image on a digital elevation map.

El Nino

Radio Expeditions: El Nino and the Galapagos
This two-part National Public Radio/National Geographic Radio Expedition originally heard on Morning Edition explores the present and past effects of El Nino on wildlife and on coral. Listen to these wonderful real-audio segments and you'll be able to imaging you're right there in the Galapagos with the scientists.

Tracking El Nino: Dispatches
Dispatches from Mark Hoover, who reported online for NOVA during his trip to the Galapagos in February 1998. Did you know Darwin also visited the Galapagos during an El Nino year?

NOAA's El Nino Page
Current information about the status and effects of El Nino. El Nino is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific having important consequences for weather and climate around the globe.

NOAA's La Nina Page
Will El Nino be followed by La Nina? Find out here. La Nina is characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, as compared to El Nino, which is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific.

Touring the Galapagos

Lindblad Special Expeditions
Scientific American Frontiers would like to give the folks at Lindblad Special Expeditions a special thank you for donating their boat for our cyber field trip and to film next season's special about the Galapagos Islands. Check out the boat, the Polaris, and take an island-hopping, Shockwave-driven tour at this excellent site.

Equador Eco Expedition
Intel-ebration Expeditions provides a program that take K-12 students on a "virtual field trip" with collegiate students and faculty during an actual Andrews University academic tour. This virtual field trip consists of three components: curriculum, human interaction, and service. The site is filled with dozens of journal entries, interesting facts and photographs.

International Galapagos Tour Operators' Association
It is the mission of IGTOA to preserve the Galapagos Islands as a unique world heritage that can provide education, adventure and inspiration to future generations of travelers. IGTOA seeks the complete and lasting protection of the Galapagos ecosystem and all of its endemic species. They are committed to supporting the local populations in deriving greater direct benefits from tourism.

South American Explorers Club
This club is an excellent source of travel information for South and Central America and provides members with reliable, up-to-date information on discount airfares, trip planning, travel conditions and everything else you need to know for your trip or expedition. They also publish South American Explorer magazine.

Wildland Adventures
Wildland Adventures designs authentic worldwide nature and culture explorations for travelers, and has operated weekly Galapagos yacht charters for non-profit organizations, families and private groups with Master Naturalist Guides since 1986. Recommended by Conde Naste Traveler Magazine as one of the world's top ecotravel outfitters, Wildland Adventures is a founding member of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association.

Online Galapagos Photo Galleries

Images from the Galapagos Islands
Photos from Tom Davis's trip to the Galapagos in 1994. Includes images of (and some humorous facts about) numerous birds and other wildlife, including a rare shot of "Iggy Boone." Photos from his subsequent trip in 1997 show evidence of El Nino.

Pictures from the Galapagos
There are some breathtaking photographs by Wm Leler in this personal online gallery. Warning: long download, but worth it.


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