Galapagos at the Crossroads Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution

ISBN-10: 1426204027
ISBN-13: 9781426204029
Edition: 2009
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Description: For millions, the Galapagos represent nature at its most unspoiled, an inviolate place famed for its rare flora and fauna. But soon today's 30,000 human residents will surpass 50,000, a huge problem since almost all of the land is national park. Add  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 5/19/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

For millions, the Galapagos represent nature at its most unspoiled, an inviolate place famed for its rare flora and fauna. But soon today's 30,000 human residents will surpass 50,000, a huge problem since almost all of the land is national park. Add invasive species, floods of tourists, and unresolved conflicts between Ecuadorian laws and local concerns: It's easy to see why the Galapagos were recently added to UNESCO's World Heritage in Danger list. Each chapter in this provocative, perceptive book focuses on a specific person or group endeavoring either to exploit or protect the Galapagos' natural resources--from modern-day pirates who poach endangered marine species to environmental activists who patrol protected waters to catch them red-handed. The story Bassett tells explores the inevitable clash in values between these often quirky, always dedicated individuals and their activities. Bassett presents a perspective as readable as it is sensible. Told with wit, passion, and grace, the Galapagos story serves as a microcosm for Earth itself, a perfect example of how an environment can be destroyed.

Map: Galapagos Islands
Introduction
Genesis
Discovery
The Eminently Curious Darwin
Early Years
Puerto Ayora
Tortugas
Into the Blue
Life on The Edge
"Judas" Goats
Walking with Giants
Pirates of Villamil
Neptune's Warriors
The Old Man and The Sea
Birdland
God on The Rocks
Puerto Ayora Redux
Into The Future
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Bibliography

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