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Ga·lá·pa·gos Islands

 (gə-lä′pə-gəs, -lăp′ə-)
A group of volcanic islands lying along the equator in the Pacific Ocean west of the mainland of Ecuador. The islands are famous for their rare animal species, including the giant tortoises for which they are named. Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835 and collected a wealth of scientific data that contributed to his theory of natural selection. Tourism is now regulated to protect the islands' many endemic and endangered species.

Galápagos Islands

(ɡəˈlæpəɡəs; Spanish ɡaˈlapaɣɔs)
pl n
(Placename) a group of 15 islands in the Pacific west of Ecuador, of which they form a province: discovered (1535) by the Spanish; main settlement on San Cristóbal. Pop: 18 640 (2001). Area: 7844 sq km (3028 sq miles). Official Spanish name: Archipiélago de Colón

Galapagos Islands

- Named for the massive tortoises living there, from Old Spanish galapago, "tortoise."
See also related terms for tortoise.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Galapagos Islands - a group of islands in the Pacific off South AmericaGalapagos Islands - a group of islands in the Pacific off South America; owned by Ecuador; known for unusual animal life
Ecuador, Republic of Ecuador - a republic in northwestern South America; became independent from Spain in 1822; the landscape is dominated by the Andes
Translations
Galápagossaaret

Galapagos Islands

[gəˈlæpəgəsˌaɪləndz] NPLIslas fpl (de los) Galápagos

Galapagos Islands

[gəˈlæpəgəsˈaɪləndz] npl the Galapagos Islandsle (isole) Galapagos fpl
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Thus in the Galapagos Islands nearly every land-bird, but only two out of the eleven marine birds, are peculiar; and it is obvious that marine birds could arrive at these islands more easily than land-birds.
Oceanic islands are sometimes deficient in certain classes, and their places are apparently occupied by the other inhabitants; in the Galapagos Islands reptiles, and in New Zealand gigantic wingless birds, take the place of mammals.
I believe this grand fact can receive no sort of explanation on the ordinary view of independent creation; whereas on the view here maintained, it is obvious that the Galapagos Islands would be likely to receive colonists, whether by occasional means of transport or by formerly continuous land, from America; and the Cape de Verde Islands from Africa; and that such colonists would be liable to modification;--the principle of inheritance still betraying their original birthplace.
Yet, once feared as a bewitched and waterless hell, then the haunt of pirates, and later still, a pit-stop for whaling ships, it was the forbidding Galapagos Islands that spurred Charles Darwin to formulate his theory of natural evolution by natural selection, catapulting social sciences into the modern era and colouring the values and attributes of the Western World ever since.
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The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000
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