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is a glorious book. It is high romance, exact science, fascinating history, wild adventure."and#151;Nation
The Galand#225;pagos Islands are famed for their remarkable wildlife, including land and marine iguanas, land tortoises, four-eyed fish, and flightless cormorants and albatross. In 1835, Charles Darwin observed variations among the islands' species thatand#160;inspired himand#160;to formulate the theory of natural selection. Eighty-eight years later, in 1923, a scientific expedition sponsored by the New York Zoological Society followed in Darwin's wake. Led by renowned biologist and explorer William Beebe, the scientists visited the the islands to study and obtain specimens of indigenous plants and animals. This is Beebe's personal account of that fascinating expedition.
Combining rare literary skill with careful research, Beebe produced an exceptionally readable volume, replete with youthful enthusiasm, a romantic's awe before the mysteries of nature, and a scientist's passion for accurate description. He recounts the expedition's enormously productive results, including specimens of 60 species previously unknown to science, and an unparalleled accumulation of data that stimulated many scientific papers and new avenues of naturalistic inquiry. Beebe's account is enhanced with more than 100 splendid illustrations, selected from hundreds of paintings, drawings, and photographs by expedition members. A classic of popular science, it is scientifically rigorous as well as exciting and accessible.
Great naturalist’s fascinating account of 1923 scientific expedition to famed Pacific islands. Wonderful amalgam of science, history, romance, adventure. Illustrated.
More than 100 splendid illustrations enhance this fascinating firsthand account of a 1923 expedition to survey the wildlife of the Galápagos Islands. Beebe, a renowned biologist and explorer, combines literary skill with careful research to produce an exceptionally readable book. "High romance, exact science, fascinating history, wild adventure." Nation.
More than 100 splendid illustrations enhance this fascinating firsthand account of a 1923 expedition to survey the wildlife of the Galand#225;pagos Islands.and#160;"High romance, exact science, fascinating history, wild adventure." and#151; Nation.
Table of Contents
"IN THE WAKE OF DARWIN, BY PROFESSOR HENRY FAIRFIELD OSBORN"
I. NEW YORK TO PANAMA
II. PANAMA AND YAPOCKS
III. INDEFATIGABLE-MY FIRST WALK
IV. EDEN AND GUY FAWKES
V. BLACK LIZARDS OF THE SURF
VI. THE WATER LIFE OF INDEFATIGABLE
VII. RAINBOW CHASING (By William Beebe and Ruth Rose)
VIII. THE LAST RAID (By Ruth Rose)
IX. GIANT TORTOISES
X. GAME FISHING IN THE GALAPAGOS (By Robert G. McKay)
XI. THE VELDT TO SEYMOUR
XII. DAPHNE-A CRATER NURSERY
XIII. "APRIL TWENTY-SIXTH, NINETEEN HUNDRED AND TWENTY-THREE"
XIV. THE SHIP-WRECKED TAXI-DRIVER
XV. TOWER-AN ISLAND SANCTUARY
XVI. MAN AND THE GALAPAGOS (By Ruth Rose)
XVII. THE GALAPAGOS ARCHIPELAGO
APPENDIX A-TEXT INDENTIFICATIONS