The Galapagos Islands or the Archipelago of Columbus, is a province of Ecuador, located 972 kilometers west of the Ecuadorian coast. Officially, it is also called the Insular Region of Ecuador. The capital is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and reports directly to the National Government. The Galapagos Islands is an archipelago made up of 13 large volcanic islands, 6 smaller islands and 107 rocks and islets. The formation of the first island took place about 5 million years ago as a result of tectonic activity. The youngest islands are Isabela and Fernandina, and they are actually in a process of formation, the most recent volcanic eruption was in 2009. The Galapagos Islands are known around the world as the "Enchanted Islands", famous for their numerous endemic species, and for the studies of Charles Darwin that led him to establish his Theory of Evolution by natural selection. In addition, the flora and fauna found in the Islands is practically unique. The Galapagos were declared a National Park in 1959. In 1978, UNESCO declared them Natural Heritage of Humanity, and in 1985, a Biosphere Reserve. In 1986, the sea that surrounds the Galapagos Islands was declared a marine reserve. In 2001 UNESCO adheres to the declaration of Natural Heritage of Humanity, other recognitions such as: Whale Sanctuary, Biosphere Reserve and RASMAR Site (for the protection of wetlands)
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