A group of volcanic islands lying along the equator in the Pacific Ocean west of the mainland of Ecuador. The islands are famous for their rare animal species, including the giant tortoises for which they are named. Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835 and collected a wealth of scientific data that contributed to his theory of natural selection. Tourism is now regulated to protect the islands' many endemic and endangered species.
(place) Group of islands belonging to Ecuador, in the Pacific on the equator: 3,093 sq mi (8,011 sq km)
Galapagos-islands Sentence Examples
The Galapagos Islands are of some commercial importance to Ecuador, on account of the guano and the orchilla moss found on them and exported to Europe.
Blue mud prevails in large areas of the Pacific Ocean from the Galapagos Islands to Acapulco.
It does not occur in the Atlantic Ocean at all, and in the Indian Ocean it is only known round Cocos and Christmas Islands; but it is abundant in the Pacific, where it covers a large area between 5° and 15° N., westward from the coast of Central America to 165° W., and it is also found in patches north of the Samoa Islands, in the Marianne Trench and west of the Galapagos Islands.
The most important group is the Galapagos Islands.