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Kyle Janati

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By: Kyle Janati & David Landry Where Is It? Climate of the Galápagos Vegetation The Galápagos islands are located far out into the pacific. It is 60 miles west of the Ecuadorean mainland. It is a chain of 15 islands known for their unusual animal inhabitants. The Galápagos islands are named from the Giant turtle inhabitants. Before the discovery of the humongous turtles The islands were named the Enchanted Isles because of the volcanic peaks that cover about 3,029 square miles of land. The wet season, or hot season, lasts from December to May.
Rainfall is abundant in the hot season, and the average sea temperature in Academy Bay and the air temperature average 25°C (77°F).
Garúa season, or dry season, lasts from June to November.
The sea temperature in Academy Bay during the Garúa and the air temperature average 22°C (72°F). It has multiple vegetation zones Including the Coastal, Arid, Transition, Scalia, Brown, Miconia, and the Pampa zones.
The coastal zone includes salt and small shrubs and grasses.
The Arid zone is like a semi dessert.
The transition zone includes features of the Arid and Scalia zones and is dense.
The Scalia zone has a lot of evergreen trees.
The brown zone has a mix of the Scalia and Miconia zones and is brown in the dry season.
The Miconia zone includes mainly shrubs.
The Pampa zone holds very little vegetation but has the Galápagos fern trees and liver worts. More Climate The Galápagos Islands The galápagos islands are surprisingly colder than you would expect because it is on the equator you expect it to be hot, arctic waters wash to the islands and influence the climate. It is hottest and has the most rainfall in march. When and how was it found It was found by Tomás de Berlanga in 1535. In the 1600's pirates used the islands as hideouts so they could easily ambush and raid passing ships. It was populated by Indians and currently numbers over 20,000 people spread over the 15 islands and is growing rapidly. What animals lives there? The animals of the Galápagos islands are split in to 3 different categories, the birds, mammals, and giant tortoises . Mammals include se4a lions, bats, and rice rats. Birds include the famous finches, the frigate bird, and the blue footed boobies. These blue footed boobies have a life span of 15-20 years. The Galápagos islands are especially known for their giant turtles. The giant turtles weigh up to 880 lbs. and are up to 5.9 ft. tall. Also one of these giant turtles life spant is to 100 years old. The islands The names of the islands are;
Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristóbal,
Baltra, Floreana,
Fernandina, Española, Pinta, Darwin, Bartolomé, Genovesa, North Seymour, Santiago, Santa Fe, Rábida, Wolf, Marhena island, Tourist attractions Now the Galápagos islands are used for a number of tourist attractions. The island has many diiferent resorts which offer snorkeling, whale watching, mountain hiking, and great beaches for people to come all around the world. Interesting Facts In 1959 the original Galápagos island was named a national park of Ecuador. At an annual rate over 60,000 tourists visit the galápagos islands. The Galápagos islands were originated 4 million years ago by accumulating oozing lava upward from the ocean floor. A baby Galápagos turtle can weigh up to 595 lbs. These remarkable islands helped to inspire Charles Darwin 175 years ago. economy The main economy of the Galapagos islands is tourism or fishing. Tourists flock to the Galápagos very often and fishing is common because almost all of it is on the water. Where did the name come from?
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