The archipelago's largest island, Isabela, was formed approximately 1 million years ago by the merge of six young volcanoes: Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Chico Volcano, Sierra Negra, and Wolf. This makes the island of Isabela one of the most volcanically active places on earth.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve is one of the largest and most biologically diverse marine protected areas in the world. It covers 133,000 square kilometers (51,352 square miles), surrounding the Galapagos Islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) off Ecuador’s coast.
Charles Darwin, born on February 12th, 1809, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England - died on April 19th, 1882, Downe, Kent, English naturalist whose scientific theory of evolution by natural selection became the foundation of modern evolutionary studies.