January 25, 2001 |
As rangers worked Wednesday to capture birds and other animals stained and dazed by an oil spill, authorities detained the captain of the grounded tanker and pledged stronger protections for these islands renowned for their unique wildlife. Capt. Tarquino Arevalo and about a dozen crewmen from the tanker Jessica were ordered confined to a military base on San Cristobal Island, part of the Galapagos chain, pending charges, Ecuadorean merchant marine Vice Adm. Gonzalo Vega said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2001 |
Ten years ago, my husband and I spent seven days on a small boat touring the Galapagos Islands. We were 16 people, plus a guide and a crew of seven. At night we traveled (top speed, 10 knots) and every morning we awoke to find ourselves at a new island, sometimes with the deck railings covered by seabirds like blue-footed boobies waiting for handouts.
January 24, 2001 |
As cleanup teams worked Tuesday to contain an oil spill threatening rare wildlife in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, the Ecuadorean government said that favorable ocean currents have spared one of the world's most significant and sensitive ecosystems from an ecological disaster.
January 23, 2001 |
The government declared a national emergency in the Galapagos Islands on Monday after an oil spill half a mile from shore continued to float into the archipelago, threatening some of the world's rarest sea animals and birds, officials said. "For us, this is the equivalent of an earthquake," said presidential spokesman Alfredo Negrete, explaining that the state of emergency would let the government immediately channel the funds needed for cleanup.
January 21, 2001 |
A boat carrying fuel to Ecuador's Galapagos Islands that ran aground four days ago is leaking oil into the ecologically sensitive waters nearby, the government said Saturday. The spill has already affected wildlife including sea lions and pelicans, and volunteers are on standby to clean up and rescue them, an ecologist said. Adm.
December 26, 1999 |
The experienced traveler has seen the Changing of the Guard, the cliff divers at Acapulco, the Taj Mahal. Such a traveler, weary of the picture-book sights to which everyone goes, craves something new, different and somewhat exotic--but still inexpensive. For this type of traveler, there are some unusual trips being offered this spring, priced so well that they need to be booked now, in winter, before space is gone.
November 12, 1999 |
A wondrous blending of art and science, the Imax 3-D film "Galapagos" finds Carole Baldwin, a Smithsonian marine biologist, retracing Darwin's 1835 journey to the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador that yielded his theory of evolution. The isolation of the Galapagos that made it such a rich habitat both on land and sea remains the same--at least for now.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1998
Extremely warm waters in the Pacific Ocean caused by El Nino are bleaching coral reefs in the Galapagos Islands, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency used satellite data to identify Galapagos "hot spots": places where water temperatures were 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the maximum temperatures expected.
October 16, 1994 |
When Charles Darwin landed on an island of black lava on Sept. 15, 1835, in his fourth year aboard the HMS Beagle, he found the scene so weird that he thought he'd arrived on "some other planet." He complained of the infernal heat, the nauseous smell, the hideous ugliness of the flora and fauna in this "little world within itself."
July 31, 1994
It was like setting foot in a prehistoric scene, or perhaps, on another planet, says Times photographer Veronika Andrasovsky of her trip last December to Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. What she found in those Equatorial isles was surface-of-the-moon topography--fields of twisted lava that erupted from the sea 4 million years ago. She also found animal life so untainted that it still trusts humans. In short, a photographer's dream.