April 12, 2009

Volcano Erupts In The Galapagos

Officials announced on Saturday that the La Cumbre volcano in the Galapagos Islands is erupting again and could threaten the Islands' unique wildlife.

The volcano, which has been quiet for 4 years, began spewing lava, gas and smoke on the island of Fernandina, which is uninhabited by humans.

Fernandina is considered to be the most active island in the archipelago in regards to volcanic events.

The Galapagos National Park said in a statement that there is no threat to nearby Isabela Island. However, lava flowing into the sea will most likely have an affect on marine and terrestrial iguanas, as well as wolves and other fauna.

With their unique animal and plant species, the Galapagos became the basis for Darwin's theory of evolution.


Image Caption: La Cumbre volcano, Fernandina Island, Galapagos. Photographed from the International Space Station. (NASA)


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