An Analysis of Charles Darwin’s Visit to the Galápagos Essay

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Now, Darwin was not the first to land on this group of islands, but rather was the first to document an extensive analysis on everything from animals, plants, habitat, and climate. The majesty held by the landscape described by Darwin is unparalleled by no other known to human kind, even today.“Imps of Darkness” that emerge from the depths of the sea, giant tortoises whose size are incomparable to any European tortoise and specimen of finches indigenous to its own respective island are examples of Charles Darwin’s analysis upon his first encounter with the archipelago, Galápagos. Countless years have passed since those fateful days Darwin resided in the Galápagos, but was Darwin accurate in his depiction? How much has changed since then? …show more content…
Darwin led the scientific front and began with the analysis of the land at each island.
The Galapagos is an archipelago, a collection of islands, this is located under the equator between five to six hundred miles westward off the coast of America. They are all formed of volcanic rocks… some of the craters surmounting the larger islands are of immense size. (Darwin,22-23)
The topography of the Islands could only make one feel so insignificant. Darwin was made aware of the vastness of nature existing, even beyond mainland Europe. “The Galápagos appear bare in more places than others unlike the lush Ecuadorian mainland..The climate and conditions on these islands were just as varied as the species of animals that resided on the group of islands(Stewart, 30). The sloping earthy terrain with lush vegetation contrasts the stark rocky beaches in which you may find marine iguanas. Some of the islands of the Galápagos contain deserts permeated with the occasional cactus tree. Even on the cooled down bare obsidian black lava grounds, you find bright orange cacti. On his expedition, Darwin visited four main islands: Chatham(now San Cristobal), Charles(Now Floreana), Albemarle(Now Isabella) and James(Now Santiago). Each island was different in their characteristics which allowed for the different adaptations of animals present throughout the archipelago. On Chatham, Darwin wrote in Journal of Research: Nothing can be less inviting than the first appearance. A

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