Gal�pagos The Islands That Changed the World

ISBN-10: 0300122306

ISBN-13: 9780300122305

Edition: 2006

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Description: Rocky, fragile, beautiful, strange--the Galapagos 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 Galapagos to life. "Galapagos: 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 Galapagos 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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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence. His title An Appetitie for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

Foreword
A Prologue to the Enchanted Isles
Island Origins
Human Discovery
Darwin & Evolution
Life on Land
Survival on the Coast
Ocean Oasis
Conserving the Galapagos
Galapagos - World's End
Gazetteer
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index
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