The Geology and Geodiversity of the Galapagos Islands

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


A desire to safeguard and protect aspects of our culture and environment for the benefit of future generations is probably as ancient as any other aspect of human consciousness. In the simplest form, this is represented by the process of handing down material possessions, both portable objects and defined geographical areas, to offspring, to help secure their future survival, both in terms of natural resources and the tools to exploit them—but also as tokens or symbols of social status and control, through which others might be invoked to carry out such tasks for the bearer’s benefit. This concept of inheritance, or ‘heritage’ is a fundamental aspect of all human cultures.


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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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