The Galápagos Islands are a group of basaltic volcanic islands built above a hotspot on the Nazca Plate. The societal history of the islands has included efforts toward both conservation and tourism. An inventory of geosites has been identified from among the Galapagos National Park sanctioned tourist sites. These sites demonstrate the volcanic history and processes of the islands. The majority of these sites are located within the Galápagos National Park and thus are only accessible when accompanied by licensed naturalist guides. While many visitors to the Galápagos Islands are interested in tours related to biodiversity, as an alternative, an educational program based on the geologic history of the islands and the features of hotspot volcanism can be conducted by utilizing these geosites. Such a program can be run using an itinerary that allows for visits to a large number of sites on several islands.
Geoheritage – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 15, 2016
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