Preserving Darwin's Legacy

Book - 2009
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A spectacular celebration of one the world's most important domains.

Travel agents everywhere are preparing for "the Darwin Effect," a boom in travel to Ecuador in 2009 for the 50th anniversary of the creation of Galapagos National Park and the International Charles Darwin Foundation. This lavishly illustrated book is the official publication for these historic events.

This year also marks two other important milestones: the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of his birth.

In 2007, growing pressure on the natural habitat prompted UNESCO to put Galapagos on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Galapagos includes insightful essays and fascinating stories by 30 of the world's leading Galapagos researchers, who describe the challenges and successes of conservation efforts, past and present. Tui de Roy's images vividly show the seemingly alien beauty of the Galapagos landscape and wildlife.

This handsome book is an important resource for naturalists, botanists, photographers, researchers, students and all who want a permanent record of Darwin's spectacular discovery.

The 28 chapters include:

Islands on the Move: Significance of Hotspot Volcanoes Paleoclimate and the Future: A Knife-edge Balance Biodiversity Analysis: How Close to the Brink? Sunflower Trees and Giant Cacti: Vegetation Changes Over Time Inshore Fishes: The Case of the Missing Damsel Shark Migrations: Discovering the Golden Triangle Marine Iguanas: Their Boom and Bust Adaptations Darwin's Finches: Investigating Evolution in Action The Waved Albatross: The Family Affairs of a Critically Endangered Species Penguins on the Equator: Hanging on by a Thread Sea Lions and Fur Seals: Cold Water Species on the Equator Reign on the Giant Tortoises: Repopulating Ancestral Islands Saving "Lost" Plants: Finding and Nurturing the Survivors Reflections on Dangers and Solutions: "Noe Reall Islands," But Paradise
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9781554074846
Characteristics: 240 p. :,col. ill., col. map ;,30 cm.
Additional Contributors: De Roy, Tui


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This is not a coffee-table book, despite the incredibly good photographs by Tui De Roy (who grew up on the Galapagos Islands). It is a book by scientists for readers with a background, or at the very least an interest in science. Two comments by other readers seem to indicate that they were irritated by the scientific emphasis of the book, but that is why it was compiled. Readers with a casual interest in the islands, and desirous of mostly looking at photographs of the fauna, should borrow De Roy's earlier book on the Galapagos.

Sep 26, 2014

The photographs are excellent. The articles are of varying interest - most are by scientists recounting the subject of their PhD theses.

Oct 18, 2010

The geography is very interesting, but the emphasis is on evolution.

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