The Galapagos Archipelago is a cluster of some thirteen volcanic islands, six smaller islands, and associated islets and rocks located just under the equator, about 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador. The oldest of the islands are about 5 million years old and the youngest are still in the process of being formed. The islands are best known for their vast number of endemic species and the studies made by Charles Darwin that led to his theory of evolution by natural selection.
Ninety-seven percent of the land surface of the Islands is a Natural Park and has been named a World Heritage Site. The Galapagos Marine Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covers 133,000 km and is home to sea lions, sea turtles, albatross, seals, and penguins.
One year college-level Spanish
2.75 minimum GPA
Completion of at least one course in general biology and ecology
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