[PDF / Epub] ✐ Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution ☃ Carol Ann Bassett – Horsebackridingwisconsin.us

Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution As Eloquent As It Is Alarming, Carol Ann Bassett S Portrait Of Today S Gal Pagos Depicts A Deadly Collision Of Economics, Politics, And The Environment That May Destroy One Of The World S Last Edens For Millions, The Gal Pagos Islands Represent Nature At Its Most Unspoiled, An Inviolate Place Famed For Its Rare Flora And Fauna But Soon Today S 30,000 Human Residents Could Surpass 50,000 Add Invasive Species, Floods Of Tourists, And Unresolved Conflicts Between Ecuadorian Laws And Local Concerns, And It S Easy To See Why The Gal Pagos Were Recently Added To UNESCO S World Heritage In Danger List Each Chapter In This Provocative, Perceptive Book Focuses On A Specific Person Or Group With A Stake In The Gal Pagos Natural Resources From Tour Companies Whose Activities Are Often Illegal And Not Always Green, To Creationist Guides Who Lead Tours With No Mention Of Evolution, From Fishermen Up In Arms Over Lobster Quotas, To Modern Day Pirates Who Poach Endangered Marine Species Bassett Presents A Perspective As Readable As It Is Sensible Told With Wit, Passion, And Grace, The Gal Pagos Story Serves As A Miniature Model Of Earth Itself, A Perfect Example Of How An Environment Can Be Destroyed And What Is Being Done To Preserve These Islands Before It S Too Late.

10 thoughts on “Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution

  1. says:

    This another book I read in preparation for my own trip to the Galapagos Of the three books I read, this is the one that goes furthest into the complicated way that politics, economics, and conservation interact there It s kind of a depressing read you won t come away all starry eyed about the wildlife in this one.The author writes like a journalist She investigates how fishermen have come into conflict with the Ecuadorian government and how tourist operator licenses get dispensed because of graft She talks about how local government in Santa Cruz has undercut conservation efforts She also goes into some detail about how different species in the Galapagos have been threatened or eliminated because of invasive species She talks about the Judas goats released with trackers into the wilds so that they could find and join up with feral goat herds, which then enabled rangers to eradicate the feral goats It was an impressive effort I won t lie this book will not make you feel good about yourself if you are planning a trip According to the author, the islands are overstrained because of tourists using resources like fresh water, generating trash, and expending lots of fuel to move around on their exploration of the islands The author relates a lot of interviews that she s done with locals She describes going to some of the same restaurants that I visited, and talks with a scuba operator that my husband...

  2. says:

    What a great book The author writes clearly and moves the narrative along quickly Each chapter is filled with great stories and experiences that put the current situation of the Galapagos into perspective The author does not shy away from difficult topics of habitat des...

  3. says:

    In Galapagos at the Crossroads Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin s Cradle of Evolution there are so many culprits and plot twists that at times you may feel that you are in the midst of a soap opera Unfortunately it is not a soap opera, but a real life war raging against the Galapagos and surprisingly one that tourists are contributing to on their Galapagos holiday At first glance, the Galapagos is a success story Over 97% of the Galapagos is protected and is a national park Only 5 of the 12 islands are inhabited It is the only archipelago in the world that has maintained 95% of its original diversity, all very impressive statistics However, in Galapagos at the Crossroads, Bassett introduces us to villains that come in all shapes and sizes that may result in ...

  4. says:

    I am reminded of the line from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension no matter where you go, there you are The writer is dragging all the baggage of what environmental writing is supposed to be along behind her She s at her best, her most interesting, when she s writing from personal experience about go...

  5. says:

    Hmm, maybe I should have read this before we booked our trip to Galapagosthat being said, good stuff to know, not being covered by any other contemporary writings The chapters read a bit like stand alone essays so you can dip in and out so some repetition if you read right through Grea...

  6. says:

    We published an excerpt of the book in Issue 4 of SR and I was so impressed by Carol Ann that I asked her to come read at Arizona State University She was truly wonderful This book is a well researched, thoughtful, insightful, educated and careful look at the sta...

  7. says:

    This is an interesting if a little repetitive book about all the things that are going wrong in the Galapagos Yes, tourism s one factor, but I refuse to feel guilty about my trip there this summer when corruption and ineffic...

  8. says:

    Very interesting book Good insight to the issues they have had to save the original enviorment of the islands A great read prior to visiting the islands, which I did in Nov 2015 Great adventure

  9. says:

    Everyone should read the introduction of this book to get a great overview of what is going on the Galapagos right now I like how the book gets to big picture problems and ideas through stories about individuals It got a little repetitive in the middle, but overall a good read.

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