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TEDxGalápagos tells the story of Galapagos’ humans

There aren’t many places on earth more mythical than the Galápagos Islands, the archipelago that sparked Charles Darwin to form his theory of evolution almost two centuries ago. Protected as a World Heritage Site, they’re bursting with life, from ancient tortoises to Darwin’s finches to bright sea creatures. But as a place for people to [ … ]

Wall of Tears in Isabela Island , Ecuador

On the otherwise picturesque Galapagos Island of Isabela, the appropriately named Wall of Tears is an ugly and completely pointless barrier made of sharp volcanic slag standing as a monument to the prisoners who were forced to build it and those that are said to have died in the effort. Show More Summary

Seven Days in the Galapagos Islands

How to see the 3,000 square miles of the Galapagos in a week.

Galapagos: Anatomy of an EcoCruise

What is an eco-tour of the Galapagos Island like? What steps are being taken to make sure tourism doesn't negatively impact the islands?

Why Europe’s Experimental Spaceship Is Shaped So Weirdly

Yesterday, an unmanned experimental spacecraft from the European Space Agency took off from French Guiana and, 100 minutes later, splashed down into the Pacific Ocean just west of the Galapagos Islands. The spacecraft, called the Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, or IXV, didn’t look like your standard cone, though. Show More Summary

Scientists pinpoint the genes that give Darwin’s finches their distinct beaks

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The finches of the Galapagos Islands were crucial in the development of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and now scientists have figured out what genetic changes gave them their ever-evolving beaks. Their research, published Wednesday...Show More Summary

Experimental ESA Spaceplane's First Test Flight Was a Success (Updated)

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Today the European Space Agency's test spaceplane went on a successful 100-minute unmanned ride along the equator from Kourou, French Guiana to the Pacific Ocean, just west of the Galapagos islands.. Read more...

In Galapagos Islands, a 180-Day State of Emergency

Those darn freighters : Ecuador has again declared a state of emergency in the protected Galapagos Islands after a cargo ship carrying 13,000 gallons of fuel ran aground last week. No fuel was spilled and about 85% of it has since been removed. "There is no kind of environmental damage,...

State of Emergency Declared in Galápagos Islands after Grounding

A state of emergency has been declared in the Galápagos Islands exactly one week after a cargo ship ran aground and remains stuck just offshore of the easternmost island in the archipelago. The post State of Emergency Declared in Galápagos Islands after Grounding appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

Grounded Cargo Ship to Be Scuttled Off Galápagos Islands

An Ecuador-flagged cargo ship which ran aground last week in the Galápagos islands will be towed out to sea and scuttled, according to government officials in the Galápagos. The post Grounded Cargo Ship to Be Scuttled Off Galápagos Islands appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

Announcing My 2015 Travel Photography Tour – The Galapagos Islands

For the last few months I’ve had dozens of people asking me about where and when my 2015 travel photography tour was going to take place. After working with G Adventures for the last few months, I’m finally ready to make the announcement. This year’s travel photography tour will be heading to South America and [...]

Ten Years Ago, I said Yes to Travel

Ten years ago, I embarked on the trip that would change my life. It was 2004 and I was trying to convince a friend to visit the Galapagos Islands the following January. He wasn’t sold on the idea and suggested Thailand instead. Since I didn’t care where we went so long as we went somewhere, I agreed. Show More Summary

The Galapagos might lose some of their best researchers, and they’re blaming the gift shop

3 months agoHealth : The Checkup

It is the gift shop that will not keep on giving. For years, the Charles Darwin Foundation's Research Station on the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador operated a small store to help it get by in lean times -- selling mostly clothing with the foundation's logo. Show More Summary

Giant Galapagos Tortoises Back From 'Brink of Extinction'

A welcome piece of news for an endangered species: Giant tortoises' population on the Galapagos island of Española is now "very secure," researchers say. "The global population was down to just 15 tortoises by the 1960s. Now there are some 1,000 tortoises breeding on their own," says James P....

Giant tortoises gain a foothold on a Galapagos island

A population of endangered giant tortoises has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española, a finding described as “a true story of success and hope in conservation.”

On the Galapagos Islands, giant tortoises make a huge comeback

The number of Espanola giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands dwindled down from several thousand to just 15 in 1960, but thanks to a little help from conservationists, more than 1,500 tortoises are now out in the wild. A study published...Show More Summary

An endangered giant tortoise population is finally stable, thanks to some aggressive goat eradication

4 months agoHealth : The Checkup

After dwindling to a population of only 15, the tortoises of the Galapagos island of Española have reached stable levels. A study published Tuesday in PLOS ONE reports that efforts to reintroduce the species have been successful, with some 1,000 tortoises now breeding without human help. Read full article >>

Giant tortoises gain a foothold on a Galapagos Island

A population of endangered giant tortoises, which once dwindled to just over a dozen, has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española, a finding described as "a true story of success and hope in conservation" by the lead author of a study published today (Oct. Show More Summary

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