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Galapagos Islands Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed around the Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, 972 km (525 mi) west of continental Ecuador. Wildlife is its most notable feature here. The Galapagos Islands and its surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve. The principal language on the islands is Spanish. The islands have a population of around 23,000.

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador

The islands are geologically young and famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.

The first crude navigation chart of the islands was done by the buccaneer Ambrose Cowley in 1684. He named the individual islands after some of his fellow pirates or after the English noblemen who helped the privateer's cause. More recently, the Ecuadorian government gave most of the islands Spanish names. While the Spanish names are official, many users (especially ecological researchers) continue to use the older English names, particularly as those were the names used when Charles Darwin visited.

This island also one of the competitor of New World Wonders by Nature and the poll will end on 11.11.2011. How about your vote? Just go official World Wonders site and poll it wisely.

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