Galapagos Virtual Field Trip

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					                           Galapagos Virtual Field Trip

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Instructions: Use this class period to visit the sites listed here and to get to
know the Galapagos Islands. You are expected to work alone and to spend the
entire class period looking for information about the Galapagos Islands. Type
your answers into this document using black Times New Roman 12-point font.
Answers are required everywhere you see a green arrow. You should save your
work periodically so you don’t accidentally lose anything. Don’t print your work
until I say to begin printing.

1. Follow this link to look at pictures of the Galapagos: First, look through the
   landscape pictures. Describe what the climate looks like here: 

2. Use this page to describe the climate on the Galapagos.
   Using the first two paragraphs, describe the year-round weather, in 4
   sentences. Use the words equator, dry, rainy season, and Humbolt
   current. 

3. Use the third and fourth paragraphs of the above website to explain what an
   upwelling is and how it affects the ocean life around the Galapagos Islands, in
   3 sentences. Use the words deep water, surface water, and
   phytoplankton. 

4. Look at the three cactus pictures on this website (Scroll right if you can’t see
   ml Why are there so many cacti on the Galapagos Islands? 

5. Look through the wildlife pictures on the first website. Insert a picture of a
   tortoise here, and reduce the size of the picture so that it is only about 1 inch
   big. 

6. Follow this link and read the information about the Galapagos tortoises. How big to Galapagos
   tortoises get?  How long do they live?  What habitats have they adapted
   to (you should find 2)?  What has reduced their numbers so that they’re
   classified as endangered species? 

7. The iguanas on the Galapagos Islands are very tame. Look at the pictures of
   the iguanas on the first website and describe one here: 
8. Explore the text and pictures on the following link, and write about why the
   iguanas are so tame. In your explanation, correctly use the words predator,
   prey, adapted, and evolved 

9. This site (
   GalapagosWWW/GalapagosMap.html) takes you to a clickable map of the
   Galapagos. The dark blue areas are open ocean. The light blue areas are
   undersea ridges that make the ocean fairly shallow. The brown areas are
   above-water islands. See if you can figure out what the red areas are by
   clicking on different islands. 

10. How many islands are shown here? 
    List the names of 6 of them. 

11. Visit an island. Make sure it is a different island than both of your neighbors
    visit. Write 4 sentences about your island here. 

12. Check out these pictures of some of the Galapagos Islands’ birds Find three birds of
    interest and describe them here: 

13. Look at the 7 types of finches on the above website. Type one unique feature
    of each finch into the following table. Hint: beak shapes and colors are good
    for telling them apart. (The following website has additional pictures of all 14
    Galapagos finch species, and they may help you identify the unique features
    of each. Scroll down for pictures.

Finch Species                              Unique Feature
Large Ground Finch, Geospiza               
Medium Ground Finch, Geospiza fortis       
Small Ground Finch, Geospiza               
Sharp-beaked Ground Finch, Geospiza        
Large Cactus Finch, Geospiza               
Small Tree Finch, Camarhynchus             
Warbler Finch, Certhidia olivacea          

14. This website contains a neat photogallery from a group’s trip to the
    Galapagos. Look through the pictures and find two organisms (plants or
    animals) of interest to you. Search for information about them and write 4
sentences about each of your choices. Make sure your choices are different
than your neighbors’ choices. 

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