Saturday, September 21, 2013

2013 Virtual Cruise - Day 6 - the Galapagos Islands.

Welcome to Day 6 of our Virtual Cruise! We’re at the Galapagos Islands!   


Lots of activities are winding down with this cruise rapidly coming ot a close.   Auctions and Sales Rooms are selling stuff and there will be a live auction tomorrow on the last day.   Wonder??   What will I buy???

The Galápagos Islands, official name:  Archipielago de Ciolon are a cluster of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 575 miles west of continental Ecuador, of which they are a part.
These are unusual islands so a little history lesson. These Spanish speaking islands were discovered in 1535 by a Dominican friar was blown off course when heading to Peru, but it was not until the pirate Ambrose Cowley surveyed the islands in 1684 that they were recorded as being there.

The group consists of 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets, which is a very tiny land mass.  The islands are located at the junction of 3 geological volcanic areas known as Plates which move approximately 2.5 inches per year.     They are also on top of a hotspot where the earth's crust is being melted from below by a mantle plume, creating volcanoes.
 
Some of the older islands have disappeared below the sea as they moved away from the mantle plume, the youngest islands, Isabela and Fernandina are still being formed, with the most recent volcanic eruption in April 2009 where lava from the volcanic island Fernandina started flowing both towards the island's shoreline and into the centre caldera or cooking pot where steam explosions still occur.
 
So now we know not to go wandering off, especially in sandals, so let's enjoy a guided tour of some of the many attractions
 
 
A giant turtle on Santa Cruz Island, part of the Galapagos Islands.I hope I don't run into this guy on my tour of the island. 


Got to go to the beach.  

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