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The paper describes how human beings have introduced foreign species to the Galapagos Islands, threatening to destroy some of its sensitive and endangered species while transforming its ecological balance. The paper looks at the first animal inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands, and then describes the bird species, land-dwelling mammalian species and insect species currently dwelling on the island. The paper focuses on the current threat to the Galapagos Islands and discusses how protecting the islands requires regulations of the local residential and tourism industries. The writer of the paper contends that a destruction of the Galapagos ecosystem would be an irreversible travesty.
From the Paper:"Since Charles Darwin published The Origin of the Species in 1859, the Galapagos Islands have been renowned for their ecological diversity. The islands are also remarkable for their geographic terrain and volcanic activity. Officially part of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are still many hundreds of miles off the shore of South America. Their being located on the equator in the Pacific Ocean has created one of the most fascinating ecosystems on the planet.
"Several species have evolved on the Galapagos Islands differently than they have elsewhere, because the Galapagos Islands were formed from volcanic eruptions in the ocean. Unlike many other island systems, they were not once part of a larger land mass. Species living on the Galapagos Islands migrated there after having already evolved on the mainland. Their interactions with their environment and the lack of mainland predators like human beings created a remarkable species differentiation."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (2006). "Challenges to Galapagos." Retrieved Dec 20, 2008 from http://www.darwinfoundation.org/en/galapagos/challenges
- Galapagos Conservation Trust (2008). Land animals of the Galapagos Islands. Retrieved Dec 20, 2008 from http://www.gct.org/landfact.html
- "Galapagos Island Species." (2008). Retrieved Dec 20, 2008 from http://www.galapagosdiscover.com/info/galapagosflorafauna.htm
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