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April 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Ecuador officials say a volcano is erupting in the Galapagos Islands and could harm unique wildlife. Galapagos National Park officials said La Cumbre volcano began spewing lava, gas and smoke on uninhabited Fernandina Island after four years of inactivity. They said the eruption is not a threat to people living on nearby Isabela Island. But lava flowing to the sea probably will affect marine and terrestrial iguanas, wolves and other fauna. The Galapagos are home to unique species that became the basis for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
May 31, 2008 | From Times wire reports
A volcano on the largest of the Galapagos Islands began erupting, and authorities were evaluating possible danger to plants and animals. Rangers and tour guides spotted lava flowing down the northeastern flank of the Cerro Azul volcano on the sea-horse-shaped island of Isabela. Park official Oscar Carvajal told Radio Quito that as many as four lava flows "have consumed a lot of vegetation" but did not pose a threat to the famed Galapagos tortoises. No people on the island were in danger.
March 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven pilot whales that came ashore on the Galapagos Islands died despite the efforts of rescuers who dug makeshift pools in the sand to keep them from dehydrating. Five other whales were returned to the ocean. The whales, which are 10 to 30 feet long, came ashore late Saturday on Isabela Island, the largest in the Galapagos chain.
September 30, 2006 | Dana Parsons
This is a story about an unusual-looking 40-foot boat with two outriggers and a legend attached. As legends go, this one is way out there. Or, if you like, way up there. The boat's owner, Tom Kardos of Aliso Viejo, isn't all that keen about talking about it, although he believes it's true. "My wife says if I talk about it, make a one-sentence comment and then don't come back to it," Kardos says.
July 15, 2006 | Erin Cline, Times Staff Writer
Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution by observing finches on the Galapagos Islands and speculating how each type developed distinct characteristics to take advantage of local conditions. Now, researchers studying the same types of birds have for the first time observed competition-driven evolutionary changes occur from start to finish in the wild, according to a report published Friday in the journal Science. Princeton University evolutionary biologists Peter and B.
November 20, 2005 | Steve Lopez, Reach the columnist at and read previous columns at
Should she risk meeting me on the street where her uncle was killed? Not with the killer on the loose, Tony Cobos' niece decided. She didn't want to drive there alone and get spotted by one of the gangbangers. Most of her uncle's immediate family, the ones who witnessed the killing, have gone into hiding in fear for their lives. So we met a couple of blocks away. Cobos' niece got into my car, and we drove over together.
October 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A volcano on the largest of the Galapagos Islands erupted for the third straight day, but experts said it didn't threaten villagers or the huge tortoises that gave the archipelago its name. Oscar Carvajal, chief technician for Galapagos National Park on Isabela island, said tortoises and iguanas were not at risk because the lava flowed down the northeast slopes of the Sierra Negra volcano, where there are no animals.
May 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A volcano spewed ash and lava on Fernandina, one of the ecologically delicate Galapagos Islands, threatening vegetation and some animals, officials said. Washington Tapia, director of Galapagos National Park, said vegetation on uninhabited Fernandina would be burned and some iguanas would die. But he called it "a natural process" that was not cause for worry. Fernandina is the westernmost island in the Galapagos. The volcano has erupted at least 20 times since 1813.
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