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Alumni Travel Reading: Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

Aerial view of water and coastline

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Darwin's Galapagos

The Galapagos in Film



Black and white photo portrait of Charles Darwin

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Darwin's Dangerous Idea. WGBH Boston Video, 2001. Van Pelt - Video Collection. DVD 016 632.

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea is an episode in the PBS Evolution series from 2001. Follow Darwin on his voyage to the Galapagos and discover how his “dangerous idea” came to be.

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Painting of warships at battle

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Master and Commander : The Far Side of the World. Beverly Hills, Calif.: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2004. Van Pelt - Video Collection. DVD 011 618.

Fictitious tale of the HMS Surprise and her mission off the coast of South America during the Napoleonic Wars. While mainly a high seas adventure, look for the story sideline that involves a visit to the Galapagos Islands and the unusual wildlife that live there.

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