Here’s why the Galápagos’ ecosystem is one-of-a-kind

An iguana rests on the shores of the Galapagos islands

The Galapagos islands home an abundance of creatures found now where else on Earth . Image: Unsplash/Andrés Medina

Alex Forryan
Research Fellow, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton
Alberto Naveira Garabato
Professor, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton
Alex Hearn
Professor, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
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Global map of chlorophyll (a measure of phytoplankton growth). The Galápagos sits in a current that sends nutrients through the ‘desert’ of the Pacific Ocean.
Global map of chlorophyll (a measure of phytoplankton growth). Image: NASA
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