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The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches (Penguin Classics)

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GALAPAGOS ARCHIPELAGO

The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable: it seems to be a little world within itself; the greater number of its inhabitants, both vegetable and animal, being found nowhere else. As I shall refer to this subject again, I will only here remark, as forming a striking character on first landing, that the birds are strangers to man. So tame and unsuspecting were they, that they did not even understand what was meant by stones being thrown at them; and quite regardless of us, they approached so close that any number of them might have been killed with a stick.

The Beagle sailed round Chatham Island, and anchored in several bays. One night I slept on shore, on a part of the island where some black cones – the former chimneys of the subterranean heated fluids – were extraordinarily numerous. From one small eminence, I counted sixty of these truncated hillocks, which were all surmounted by a more or less perfect crater. The greater number consisted merely of a ring of red scoriae, or slags, cemented together: and their height above the plain of lave, was not more than from 50 to 100 feet. From their regular form, they gave the country a workshop appearance, which strongly reminded me of those parts of Stratfordshire where the great iron foundries are most numerous.

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ericmc, February 9, 2007 (view all comments by ericmc)
Read the Voyage of the Beagle in any edition. This one in particular is fine, I'm sure.

It is not what you think it's going to be. The bearded Darwin that we all have in mind is another man entirely than the man you meet in this book.

Imagine listening to your coolest uncle tell you adventure stories from his world travels. Now imagine that they are all true. That's what it's like to read this book.

Moreover, it is terrific to hear Darwin hint at the profound realizations he had come to about evolution and ecology in this journal before he actually let the other shoe drop.

Fantastic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140432688
Editor:
Browne, Janet
Editor:
Neue, Michael
Editor:
Browne, E. Janet
Editor:
Browne, Janet
Editor:
Neve, Michael
Author:
Neve, Michael
Author:
Browne, Janet
Author:
Darwin, Charles
Author:
Neue, Michael
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Voyages around the world
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Scientific expeditions
Subject:
Darwin, charles, 1809-1882
Subject:
Beagle expedition (1831-1836)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Abridged text.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
56
Publication Date:
19891131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.83x5.09x.87 in. .65 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , When the Beagle sailed out of Devonport on the 27th of December 1831, Charles Darwin was 22 and setting off on the voyage of a lifetime. His journal of the voyage shows us a naturalist making patient observations, above all in geology.
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