Saturday, November 19, 2011
The rock below is an example of the volcanic make-up of the islands. This bolder was very light because of the air pockets within it.
Unusual shapes were common because the sea and wind eroded the volcanic rock.
This huge crater was filled with water and there were flamingos nesting at one end.
The landscapes of the islands varied widely!
The Galapagos Islands are a national park belonging to Ecuador. Tourists are only allowed on the islands with a park ranger and must live on boats (you can see two boats in this picture).
The shapes of the lava formations were fascinating.
We had to be careful while walking on the lava formations because they were very sharp.
This is called "rope lava".
We were not allowed to walk on some of the landscape because we would damage it. Wooden paths were constructed to protect the environment.
Underwater volcanic craters surrounded some of the islands. The Galapagos are still volcanically active.