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Spectacular Galapagos Hardcover – 6 Dec 1999

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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates (6 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883638479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883638477
  • Product Dimensions: 41.9 x 1.9 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,141,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The newest title in the Levin Spectacular series explores one of the most dramatic natural settings in the world. Over millions of years the story of the Galapagos has been one of birth, death, and rebirth, as volcanoes rise above the 'hot spot' only to crumble away back into the sea and be replaced by new ones in their wake. In the sunbaked interiors, gigantic cacti easily grow to a height of 30 or 40 feet. Their fleshy pads store water that becomes the only source of moisture for animals and birds. These phenomena have given rise to animal communities of biblical appearances, where antediluvian dragons sleep with fluffy swallow-tailed gull chicks, and sea turtles below the waves rendezvous with angelfish at special cleaning stations to rid themselves of skin parasites. Life here is a magic web. The kaleidoscope of life is as vibrant deep beneath the Galapagos waters as it is on its shores and above. Here flightless cormorants twirl in a flirtatious waterdance, moaning and gurgling, though their real prowess lies in the strength with which they can wrestle octopus and eels out of their lairs. Richly written text and more than 100 colour images by the award-winning author and a select group of the most renowned international wildlife photographers offer a spectacular opportunity to witness up close rarely seen species of animals and birds. You will learn about their fascinating habits and unusual environment. Five lavishly illustrated chapters introduce us to an unparalleled diversity of animal life and deepen our appreciation of the natural world.<

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2002
Surfing sealions and strutting boobies are a joy to witness and are just one of the numerous highlights this book has to offer. Tui De Roy's photos bring back to life my many happy memories of my visit to the islands in 2001. The exquisite presentation of each aspect of the Galapagos wildlife in their natural habitat is a treasure to behold. I will be able to return to this book many times over the coming years and, through it, to the islands themselves.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Galápagos on your coffee table 31 Aug. 2000
By JDiver - Published on
I treasure the time I spent in Ecuadór's Galápagos Islands, "Las Islas Encantadas". Tui De Roy has managed to capture the essence of these wondrous islands as much as can be done photographically and make them accessible to everyone. A wonderful gift for those who love nature, or those who have been there.
For those who are going there, add Michael Jackson's book on the natural history, Paul Humann's book on the underwater and Barry Boyce's guide book. Tui De Roy's book will whet their appetite and serve as a vivid reminder after the trip is over.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Visually stunning, comprehensively informative. 3 Feb. 2000
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
The author moved to the Galapagos Islands at the age of two and spent over thirty years exploring their natural wonders: Spectacular Galapagos is an oversized presentation pairing a natural history text with spectacular full-page color photos of the Galapagos creatures, blending a coffee table presentation with scientific facts. Highly recommended: Spectacular Galapagos is an astonishing visual wonder in and of itself.
Not quite "new" 7 Jan. 2014
By Debra J. Doroni - Published on
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This book was listed as being "new"/ While for a 15-year-old book, it is in good condition, there are considerable scuffs out of the bottom of the front and back covers and the books shows signs of (gentle) use. I would not have paid this price had I realized that it was "not quite" new.
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