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Image Caption: Galapagos Islands
Basaltic lavas have risen through the crust above a mantle hotspot to construct
the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Details of three large, active volcanic craters are visible on Isabela, the
seahorse-shaped island, and another on Fernandina to the southwest; dark lava
flows have spread outward from the craters. The islands, visited by Charles
Darwin in 1835, are home to unique and varied wildlife including giant
tortoises, marine and land iguanas, lava lizards and sea lions.