The Galápagos Islands are located directly on the equator in the Pacific Ocean. They are located 600 miles off the western coast of Ecuador.
Volcanic in origin, the Galápagos Islands are made up of level shorelines, solid and jagged lava rock, mountain/volcanic regions, and collapsed calderas. The archipelago is made up of 15 large islands and several smaller ones.
The Galápagos Islands are best known for the unique wildlife that exists there. A large portion of the plants and animals are endemic to the islands, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world.
Since the Galápagos serve as a natural sanctuary, a large portion of the archipelago and the surrounding waters are protected under national conservation laws.
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