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eBook Galapagos (Smithsonian Natural History Series) ePub
Author: John Kricher
Language: English
ISBN: 1588340414
ISBN13: 978-1588340412
Publisher: Smithsonian (September 17, 2002)
Pages: 256
Category: Earth Sciences
Subcategory: Science
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 162
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John Kricher, a professor of biology at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, has .

John Kricher, a professor of biology at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, has led ecotours to many places around the world including the Galápagos Islands, coastal New England, the Pacific Northwest, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Trinidad, and Ecuador. His most recent book is A Neotropical Companion (1999). I was headed to the Galapagos Islands and bought this book on a whim - mostly because it had the Smithsonian series name and I wanted to learn more about the islands (Biology class was a long time ago). It was not only full of interesting information about the wildlife of the islands, but it was entertaining as well (not dry).

John Kricher, a renowned ecologist and Galapagos ecotour guide, presents a detailed natural history of this spectacular archipelago. He looks at the amazing diversity of life found here, from flamingos to penguins, and explains the fascinating geology of these remote islands. Throughout his narrative, Kricher weaves the intriguing history of evolutionary biology that is intimately connected with the islands, and describes Darwin's adventures and observations while he was visiting the islands in 1835.

Series: Smithsonian Natural History Series. By: John C Kricher(Author). 221 pages, colour & b/w photos, maps, tables. Publisher: Princeton University Press. Kricher closes his book by assessing the conservation efforts to preserve the Galápagos – and the challenges these efforts have met. Of special interest is the book's richly detailed island-by-island guide. For both the ecotraveler and the nature enthusiast, Galápagos: A Natural History is essential reading. Kenneth S. Saladin, National Center for Science Education Reports.

John Kricher, a renowned ecologist and Galápagos ecotour guide, presents a detailed natural history of this .

John Kricher, a renowned ecologist and Galápagos ecotour guide, presents a detailed natural history of this spectacular archipelago. He looks at the amazing diversity of life found here, from iguanas to penguins, and explains the fascinating geology of these remote islands. Throughout his narrative, Kricher weaves the intriguing history of evolutionary biology that is intimately connected with the islands, and describes Darwin's adventures and observations while he was visiting in 1835

Galápagos is a three-part BBC nature documentary series exploring the natural history of the Galápagos Islands and their important role in the formation of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Galápagos is a three-part BBC nature documentary series exploring the natural history of the Galápagos Islands and their important role in the formation of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. It was first transmitted in the UK on BBC Two in September 2006. The series was filmed in high definition, produced by Mike Gunton and Patrick Morris of the BBC Natural History Unit and narrated by actress Tilda Swinton

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Find nearly any book by John Kricher. Galápagos: A Natural History. ISBN 9780691126333 (978-0-691-12633-3) Softcover, Princeton University Press, 2006. Find signed collectible books: 'Galápagos: A Natural History'.

The Galápagos Islands are a paradise for birders, botanists, geologists, and snorkelers, with many islands still devoid of human habitation. Since they lie more than 600 miles west of South America and were never connected to the mainland, almost all plant and animal life arrived here by chance.

Galapagos (Smithsonian Natural History). Written by. John C. Kricher. Manufacturer: Smithsonian Books Release date: 1 November 2002 ISBN-10 : 1588340414 ISBN-13: 9781588340412.

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John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology. The Library collection reflects the important role that the Smithsonian Institution played in the development of anthropology as a formal discipline in the United States. Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History. The Cullman Library holds the Smithsonian's collection of rare books in anthropology and the natural sciences and contains approximately 20,000 volumes published before 1840. Museum Support Center Library. The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Library consists of the main location (in NMNH's East Court) and 11 specialized collections throughout the NMNH building. National Postal Museum Library.

The Galápagos Islands are a paradise for birders, botanists, geologists, and snorkelers, with many islands still devoid of human habitation. As they lie more than 600 miles west of South America and were never connected to the mainland, almost all plant and animal life arrived here by chance. As Charles Darwin discovered, the evolution of plants and animals is more visible here than anywhere else on Earth. John Kricher, a renowned ecologist and Galápagos ecotour guide, presents a detailed natural history of this spectacular archipelago. He looks at the amazing diversity of life found here, from flamingos to penguins, and explains the fascinating geology of these remote islands. Throughout his narrative, Kricher weaves the intriguing history of evolutionary biology that is intimately connected with the islands, and describes Darwin's adventures and observations while he was visiting the islands in 1835. Indeed, Kricher takes his chapter titles from comments scattered throughout Darwin's account of his expedition around the world, The Voyage of the Beagle. Kricher closes his book by assessing the conservation efforts and challenges to preserve the Galápagos. Also included is an island-by-island guide explaining exactly what you will find on the various islands. For both the ecotraveler and the nature enthusiast, Galápagos is essential reading.
Thordira
I give the book 5 stars and the seller one star. This book is excellent, and I highly recommend it. It is full of the geologic and human history of the Galápagos, as well as the flora and fauna. It is an interesting read, and well written, not a dry "just the facts" book. The bookseller, however, left something to be desired. It was advertised in "good" condition, but is barely acceptable, with page after page marked up with felt tip pen. I've ordered many "good" used books from other sellers in the past and have never had one marked up like this. It is very distracting to read. I would not order a used book from Thriftbooks again.
Beabandis
I was headed to the Galapagos Islands and bought this book on a whim - mostly because it had the Smithsonian series name and I wanted to learn more about the islands (Biology class was a long time ago). It was not only full of interesting information about the wildlife of the islands, but it was entertaining as well (not dry). I suppose it depends on your sense of humor, but here's an excerpt: "Around the Galapagos, some waved albatrosses have been observed attacking boobies and forcing them to dislodge the fish they have captured, which the albatrosses then claim as their own. Biologists call this behavior kleptoparasitism. Most other people call it robbery." There is also a section on turtle sex - the author jokes that he knows you were curious.

One neat thing about the book is its organization. Each chapter describes a particular group of animals (the birds, reptiles, etc.) so that you can turn to the section that interests you. The info is useful and interesting, and not overwhelming. There is a section at the end describing what you will find on each island which is extremely useful. There is a nice blending in of history - for example what exactly Darwin did and did not discover and his relationship with the animals on the island (the famous finches weren't even mentioned in Darwin's first writings on the origin of species).

This book gives you a wonderful overview of the islands - and in fact covers much of the same info that the guides give you. I liked this because I could be off taking pictures and enjoying the scenery...I already knew the stories the guides were telling.

This is a great read if you are planning a trip (or even if the Galapagos just interest you). Note: if you go to the islands, really check out the boat you are taking (some randomly change their schedules and only certain animals are on certain islands). Also, even if you don't normally get seasick - remember you will be on a small boat on the open ocean. There's a cool patch you can get (prescription only) - check with your doc. I'd also recommend at least an eight day cruise so you can get to more islands (it takes several hours to go from one island to the next). Other books you might check out: Wildlife of the Galapagos (Fitter, Hosking), Birds, Mammals & Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands (Swash, Still), and for those with no room in their luggage - the laminated pocket sheet of Galapagos Wildlife (Waterford Press).

An excellent book!
Kelenn
I ordered this book (retail $34.95) for $3.00 plus postage, got it in less than a week, in excellent condition as promised.
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