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As a geologist, I always dreamed of visiting the Galápagos Islands, an archipelago of active volcanoes rising from the Pacific Ocean 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, a living laboratory for science and evolution make famous by Charles Darwin following in the years following his 1835 visit. His observations of endemic species led to his ground-breaking theory of evolution and natural selection.

Explore the Galapagos Islands with
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic

© Ralph Lee Hopkins