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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.
September 2, 2007 | Carol Stogsdill, Special to The Times
The synonym for paradise is Galápagos. The definition is an archipelago of 15 islands and dozens of islets in the Pacific, straddling the Equator and belonging to Ecuador, 600 miles east. Never mind the 19th century visit of Charles Darwin and how he began formulating his theory of evolution here. Anyone who comes here will tell you that what really put this place on the map are the sheer wonders that occur when nature is allowed to thrive unspoiled.
June 30, 2007 | Amber Dance, Times Staff Writer
A good man is hard to find -- and for female Galapagos iguanas, the search for the sexiest mate is so exhausting that it may actually threaten their ability to survive, according to a study published Wednesday. Female iguanas on the equatorial island of Santa Fe spend about a month checking out the available males, some of whom maintain almost constant displays of masculine prowess.
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.
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