Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution

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    Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, always green, to creationist guides who lead tours with no mention of evolution, from fishermen up in arms over lobster quotas, to modern day pirates who poach endangered marine species Bassett presents a perspective as readable as it is sensible Told with wit, passion, and grace, the Gal pagos story serves as a miniature model of Earth itself, a perfect example of how an environment can be destroyed and what is being done to preserve these islands before it s too late."/>
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  • 302 pages
  • Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution
  • Carol Ann Bassett
  • English
  • 01 November 2018
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10 thoughts on “Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution

  1. Jacqie Jacqie says:

    This another book I read in preparation for my own trip to the Galapagos Of the three books I read, this is the one that goes furthest into the complicated way that politics, economics, and conservation interact there It s kind of a depressing read you won t come away all starry eyed about the wildlife in this one.The author writes like a journalist She investigates how fishermen have come into conflict with the Ecuadorian government and how tourist operator licenses get dispensed because of This another book I read in preparation for my own trip to the Galapagos Of the three books I read, this is the one that goes furthest into the complicated way that politics, economics, and conservation interact there It s kind of a depressing read you won t come away all starry eyed about the wildlife in this one.The author writes like a journalist She investigates how fishermen have come into conflict with the Ecuadorian government and how tourist operator licenses get dispensed because of graft She talks about how local government in Santa Cruz has undercut conservation efforts She also goes into some detail about how different species in the Galapagos have been threatened or eliminated because of invasive species She talks about the Judas goats released with trackers into the wilds so that they could find and join up with feral goat herds, which then enabled rangers to eradicate the feral goats It was an impressive effort I won t lie this book will not make you feel good about yourself if you are planning a trip According to the author, the islands are overstrained because of tourists using resources like fresh water, generatingtrash, and expending lots of fuel to move around on their exploration of the islands The author relates a lot of interviews that she s done with locals She describes going to some of the same restaurants that I visited, and talks with a scuba operator that my husband used for his dive trip I knew exactly what she was talking about when she describes the Darwin Center I do think that the author inserted herself and her own opinions quite a bit into the narrative Little sentences like He s right after describing an interviewee s point of view I wouldn t call her objective and this book is somewhat of a polemic The author clearly feels passionately about the Galapagos and preserving these islands natural heritage, and I can t fault her for that, but she s also sort of sneaky in how she puts her opinion forward as fact Maybe it s some of my own tourist guilt coming out Like it or not, these islands are farpopulated than they once were because of tourism that s by far the major industry on these islands Sometimes it s done well and sometimes it isn t Some operators are responsible and some aren t But it will be human interest in these islands that will preserve them or doom them I feel thatcould have been said about solutions instead of making everyone who reads the book because of interest in the Galapagos feel like they re the problem and that their interest is selfish Maybe projection on my part

  2. Kathy Kathy says:

    Thanks to my dad for the loan of this book after my trip to the Galapagos was cancelled due to Covid 19.The book was frightening and made me think I had missed my chance at seeing the Galapagos in all of its natural glory, but I stopped and reminded myself that it was a 10 year old book and that if anything the lack of tourism this year should help to reduce some of the negative impacts.Really interesting parts of this books overfishing, the elimination of feral goats that were decimating Thanks to my dad for the loan of this book after my trip to the Galapagos was cancelled due to Covid 19.The book was frightening and made me think I had missed my chance at seeing the Galapagos in all of its natural glory, but I stopped and reminded myself that it was a 10 year old book and that if anything the lack of tourism this year should help to reduce some of the negative impacts.Really interesting parts of this books overfishing, the elimination of feral goats that were decimating the tortoise population, corruption, impact of tourism, descriptions of the marine and avian life Especially amazed at the number of guides that believe in creationism My issues with the book were threefold First, there was not much flow between or sometimes within chapters so that while there was tons of information, there was no narrative or arc to the book Second, there were so many persons and for the most part, it seemed like there was way too much time spent on their backstories, which for the most part, were not all that important to the overall theme Finally, there was repetition of facts and stories within the book things that I am surprised was not caught in the editing.Overall, glad I read it Hope I actually get to go there, and my appreciation will be increased as a result of this book

  3. Jared Jared says:

    What a great book The author writes clearly and moves the narrative along quickly Each chapter is filled with great stories and experiences that put the current situation of the Galapagos into perspective The author does not shy away from difficult topics of habitat destruction, invasive species, political corruption, andAnyone interested in the Galapagos should read this book Any one planning on going to the Galapagos should read this book, though it may make you feel guilty about go What a great book The author writes clearly and moves the narrative along quickly Each chapter is filled with great stories and experiences that put the current situation of the Galapagos into perspective The author does not shy away from difficult topics of habitat destruction, invasive species, political corruption, andAnyone interested in the Galapagos should read this book Any one planning on going to the Galapagos should read this book, though it may make you feel guilty about going

  4. P L Basson P L Basson says:

    An easy reading overview of the many aspects of GalapagosEssays on a variety of issues, happenings and biology of The G lapagos islands A must read for anyone interested in the natural history of Earth, an interest we all should have.

  5. Laurel Laurel says:

    In Galapagos at the Crossroads Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin s Cradle of Evolution there are so many culprits and plot twists that at times you may feel that you are in the midst of a soap opera Unfortunately it is not a soap opera, but a real life war raging against the Galapagos and surprisingly one that tourists are contributing to on their Galapagos holiday At first glance, the Galapagos is a success story Over 97% of the Galapagos is protected and is In Galapagos at the Crossroads Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin s Cradle of Evolution there are so many culprits and plot twists that at times you may feel that you are in the midst of a soap opera Unfortunately it is not a soap opera, but a real life war raging against the Galapagos and surprisingly one that tourists are contributing to on their Galapagos holiday At first glance, the Galapagos is a success story Over 97% of the Galapagos is protected and is a national park Only 5 of the 12 islands are inhabited It is the only archipelago in the world that has maintained 95% of its original diversity, all very impressive statistics However, in Galapagos at the Crossroads, Bassett introduces us to villains that come in all shapes and sizes that may result in the demise of the pristine Galapagos Villains that come in the shape of politicians, economics, overpopulation, rioting fishermen, shark finners, unsustainable fishing practises, lack of law enforcement, law of laws, lack of educated local citizens, creationist guides who lead tours of the Galapagos without mentioning evolution, tourism and with tourism the constant threat of invasive species not to mention the already present invasive species Whew, that s a long list Foron this book go to

  6. LeeAnn Heringer LeeAnn Heringer says:

    I am reminded of the line from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension no matter where you go, there you are The writer is dragging all the baggage of what environmental writing is supposed to be along behind her She s at her best, her most interesting, when she s writing from personal experience about going out with scientists and photographers while they worked The tortoises in the mist, the waved albatrosses, the green sea turtles But she feels compelled to throw in s I am reminded of the line from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension no matter where you go, there you are The writer is dragging all the baggage of what environmental writing is supposed to be along behind her She s at her best, her most interesting, when she s writing from personal experience about going out with scientists and photographers while they worked The tortoises in the mist, the waved albatrosses, the green sea turtles But she feels compelled to throw in statistics from the UN Panel on Climate Change, that though everyone agrees they have their hearts in the right place, their numbers have been discredited She interviews ecoterrorists She hates tourists that don t come as part of a volunteer work program.A mixed bag of the good and the expected

  7. Alexa Hamilton Alexa Hamilton says:

    Hmm, maybe I should have read this before we booked our trip to Galapagosthat being said, good stuff to know, not being covered by any other contemporary writings The chapters read a bitlike stand alone essays so you can dip in and out so some repetition if you read right through Great bibliography.

  8. Patricia Murphy Patricia Murphy says:

    We published an excerpt of the book in Issue 4 of SR and I was so impressed by Carol Ann that I asked her to come read at Arizona State University She was truly wonderful This book is a well researched, thoughtful, insightful, educated and careful look at the state of one of the earth s most important regions We published an excerpt of the book in Issue 4 of SR and I was so impressed by Carol Ann that I asked her to come read at Arizona State University She was truly wonderful This book is a well researched, thoughtful, insightful, educated and careful look at the state of one of the earth s most important regions

  9. Scott Scott says:

    This is an interesting if a little repetitive book about all the things that are going wrong in the Galapagos Yes, tourism s one factor, but I refuse to feel guilty about my trip there this summer when corruption and inefficient enforcement of laws are the bigger problems.Can t wait to see those boobies dance Dance, boobies, dance

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10 thoughts on “Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution

  1. Jacqie Jacqie says:

    This another book I read in preparation for my own trip to the Galapagos Of the three books I read, this is the one that goes furthest into the complicated way that politics, economics, and conservation interact there It s kind of a depressing read you won t come away all starry eyed about the wildlife in this one.The author writes like a journalist She investigates how fishermen have come into conflict with the Ecuadorian government and how tourist operator licenses get dispensed because of This another book I read in preparation for my own trip to the Galapagos Of the three books I read, this is the one that goes furthest into the complicated way that politics, economics, and conservation interact there It s kind of a depressing read you won t come away all starry eyed about the wildlife in this one.The author writes like a journalist She investigates how fishermen have come into conflict with the Ecuadorian government and how tourist operator licenses get dispensed because of graft She talks about how local government in Santa Cruz has undercut conservation efforts She also goes into some detail about how different species in the Galapagos have been threatened or eliminated because of invasive species She talks about the Judas goats released with trackers into the wilds so that they could find and join up with feral goat herds, which then enabled rangers to eradicate the feral goats It was an impressive effort I won t lie this book will not make you feel good about yourself if you are planning a trip According to the author, the islands are overstrained because of tourists using resources like fresh water, generatingtrash, and expending lots of fuel to move around on their exploration of the islands The author relates a lot of interviews that she s done with locals She describes going to some of the same restaurants that I visited, and talks with a scuba operator that my husband used for his dive trip I knew exactly what she was talking about when she describes the Darwin Center I do think that the author inserted herself and her own opinions quite a bit into the narrative Little sentences like He s right after describing an interviewee s point of view I wouldn t call her objective and this book is somewhat of a polemic The author clearly feels passionately about the Galapagos and preserving these islands natural heritage, and I can t fault her for that, but she s also sort of sneaky in how she puts her opinion forward as fact Maybe it s some of my own tourist guilt coming out Like it or not, these islands are farpopulated than they once were because of tourism that s by far the major industry on these islands Sometimes it s done well and sometimes it isn t Some operators are responsible and some aren t But it will be human interest in these islands that will preserve them or doom them I feel thatcould have been said about solutions instead of making everyone who reads the book because of interest in the Galapagos feel like they re the problem and that their interest is selfish Maybe projection on my part


  2. Kathy Kathy says:

    Thanks to my dad for the loan of this book after my trip to the Galapagos was cancelled due to Covid 19.The book was frightening and made me think I had missed my chance at seeing the Galapagos in all of its natural glory, but I stopped and reminded myself that it was a 10 year old book and that if anything the lack of tourism this year should help to reduce some of the negative impacts.Really interesting parts of this books overfishing, the elimination of feral goats that were decimating Thanks to my dad for the loan of this book after my trip to the Galapagos was cancelled due to Covid 19.The book was frightening and made me think I had missed my chance at seeing the Galapagos in all of its natural glory, but I stopped and reminded myself that it was a 10 year old book and that if anything the lack of tourism this year should help to reduce some of the negative impacts.Really interesting parts of this books overfishing, the elimination of feral goats that were decimating the tortoise population, corruption, impact of tourism, descriptions of the marine and avian life Especially amazed at the number of guides that believe in creationism My issues with the book were threefold First, there was not much flow between or sometimes within chapters so that while there was tons of information, there was no narrative or arc to the book Second, there were so many persons and for the most part, it seemed like there was way too much time spent on their backstories, which for the most part, were not all that important to the overall theme Finally, there was repetition of facts and stories within the book things that I am surprised was not caught in the editing.Overall, glad I read it Hope I actually get to go there, and my appreciation will be increased as a result of this book


  3. Jared Jared says:

    What a great book The author writes clearly and moves the narrative along quickly Each chapter is filled with great stories and experiences that put the current situation of the Galapagos into perspective The author does not shy away from difficult topics of habitat destruction, invasive species, political corruption, andAnyone interested in the Galapagos should read this book Any one planning on going to the Galapagos should read this book, though it may make you feel guilty about go What a great book The author writes clearly and moves the narrative along quickly Each chapter is filled with great stories and experiences that put the current situation of the Galapagos into perspective The author does not shy away from difficult topics of habitat destruction, invasive species, political corruption, andAnyone interested in the Galapagos should read this book Any one planning on going to the Galapagos should read this book, though it may make you feel guilty about going


  4. P L Basson P L Basson says:

    An easy reading overview of the many aspects of GalapagosEssays on a variety of issues, happenings and biology of The G lapagos islands A must read for anyone interested in the natural history of Earth, an interest we all should have.


  5. Laurel Laurel says:

    In Galapagos at the Crossroads Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin s Cradle of Evolution there are so many culprits and plot twists that at times you may feel that you are in the midst of a soap opera Unfortunately it is not a soap opera, but a real life war raging against the Galapagos and surprisingly one that tourists are contributing to on their Galapagos holiday At first glance, the Galapagos is a success story Over 97% of the Galapagos is protected and is In Galapagos at the Crossroads Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin s Cradle of Evolution there are so many culprits and plot twists that at times you may feel that you are in the midst of a soap opera Unfortunately it is not a soap opera, but a real life war raging against the Galapagos and surprisingly one that tourists are contributing to on their Galapagos holiday At first glance, the Galapagos is a success story Over 97% of the Galapagos is protected and is a national park Only 5 of the 12 islands are inhabited It is the only archipelago in the world that has maintained 95% of its original diversity, all very impressive statistics However, in Galapagos at the Crossroads, Bassett introduces us to villains that come in all shapes and sizes that may result in the demise of the pristine Galapagos Villains that come in the shape of politicians, economics, overpopulation, rioting fishermen, shark finners, unsustainable fishing practises, lack of law enforcement, law of laws, lack of educated local citizens, creationist guides who lead tours of the Galapagos without mentioning evolution, tourism and with tourism the constant threat of invasive species not to mention the already present invasive species Whew, that s a long list Foron this book go to


  6. LeeAnn Heringer LeeAnn Heringer says:

    I am reminded of the line from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension no matter where you go, there you are The writer is dragging all the baggage of what environmental writing is supposed to be along behind her She s at her best, her most interesting, when she s writing from personal experience about going out with scientists and photographers while they worked The tortoises in the mist, the waved albatrosses, the green sea turtles But she feels compelled to throw in s I am reminded of the line from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension no matter where you go, there you are The writer is dragging all the baggage of what environmental writing is supposed to be along behind her She s at her best, her most interesting, when she s writing from personal experience about going out with scientists and photographers while they worked The tortoises in the mist, the waved albatrosses, the green sea turtles But she feels compelled to throw in statistics from the UN Panel on Climate Change, that though everyone agrees they have their hearts in the right place, their numbers have been discredited She interviews ecoterrorists She hates tourists that don t come as part of a volunteer work program.A mixed bag of the good and the expected


  7. Alexa Hamilton Alexa Hamilton says:

    Hmm, maybe I should have read this before we booked our trip to Galapagosthat being said, good stuff to know, not being covered by any other contemporary writings The chapters read a bitlike stand alone essays so you can dip in and out so some repetition if you read right through Great bibliography.


  8. Patricia Murphy Patricia Murphy says:

    We published an excerpt of the book in Issue 4 of SR and I was so impressed by Carol Ann that I asked her to come read at Arizona State University She was truly wonderful This book is a well researched, thoughtful, insightful, educated and careful look at the state of one of the earth s most important regions We published an excerpt of the book in Issue 4 of SR and I was so impressed by Carol Ann that I asked her to come read at Arizona State University She was truly wonderful This book is a well researched, thoughtful, insightful, educated and careful look at the state of one of the earth s most important regions


  9. Scott Scott says:

    This is an interesting if a little repetitive book about all the things that are going wrong in the Galapagos Yes, tourism s one factor, but I refuse to feel guilty about my trip there this summer when corruption and inefficient enforcement of laws are the bigger problems.Can t wait to see those boobies dance Dance, boobies, dance


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