Galapagos Islands, Cliffs of South Plaza Island. Iguana video. Lizard in cactus.

Galapagos Islands, Cliffs of South Plaza Island. Iguana video. Lizard in cactus.

The Galápagos Islands (Spanish name: Archipiélago de Colón or Islas Galápagos) are an archipelago made up of 13 main volcanic islands, 6 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets. The very first island is thought to have formed between 5 and 10 million years ago, as a result of tectonic activity. The youngest islands, Isabela and Fernandina, are still being formed, with the most recent volcanic eruption in 2005.



The archipelago has been known by many different names, including the “Enchanted Islands” because of the way in which the strong and swift currents made navigation difficult. The first crude navigation chart of the islands was done by the buccaneer Ambrose Cowley in 1684, and in those charts he named the islands after some of his fellow pirates or after the English noblemen who helped the pirates’ cause. The term “Galapagos” refers to the Spanish name given to the Giant Land Tortoises known to inhabit the islands.

[Galapagos Islands, Santiago (James), Lava sea shore. Fur seals. Sleeping fur seals, and a little territoriality display by two fur seals. Holes in the lava allow for some amazing water works.]

[Source: Wikipedia]

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One Response to “Galapagos Islands, Cliffs of South Plaza Island. Iguana video. Lizard in cactus.”

  1. Kyle Says:

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