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Case Study 6. The Galapagos Islands – Volcanoes and Wildlife: M. Cooper

ByWildlife M. Cooper

Introduction The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean 972km off the coast of Ecuador. The isolation of the islands has permitted life forms to evolve into species found only here, amongst the volcanic landscapes. Today the Galapagos Islands are a national park and wildlife sanctuary world heritage site. The Galapagos Archipelago consists of 7880km2 of land spread over 45,000km2 of ocean in 13 main islands, 6 smaller islands and 107 rocks and islets. The largest of the islands, Isabela measures 4640km2 and makes up half of the total land area of the Galapagos. Wolf volcano on Isabela is the highest point with an elevation of 1707m above sea level.