Introduction—Setting the Scene

  • Daniel KelleyEmail author
  • Kevin Page
  • Diego Quiroga
  • Raul Salazar
Part of the Geoheritage, Geoparks and Geotourism book series (GGAG)


When Charles Darwin stepped out of one of HMS Beagle’s longboats onto San Cristobal Island on September 15th 1835—a Tuesday morning—his immediate impression was that “nothing could be less inviting”: “A broken field of black basaltic lava, thrown into the most rugged waves, and crossed by great fissures, is everywhere covered by stunted, sun-burnt brushwood, which shows little signs of life”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Kelley
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kevin Page
    • 2
  • Diego Quiroga
    • 3
  • Raul Salazar
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Natural ResourcesHocking CollegeNelsonvilleUSA
  2. 2.Geodiversity & HeritageSandford, DevonUK
  3. 3.Universidad San Francisco de QuitoCumbayaEcuador
  4. 4.Biological Expeditions GalapagosPuerto Baquerizo MorenoEcuador

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