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Galapagos Pictures - Isabela Island, Darwin Lake

Even though the Galapagos Islands are not especially mountainous, they do rise to significant heights in several places, seeming to be more then the height above sea level suggest as you are almost certainly going to start any trip at sea level. Volcan Wolf on Isabela is the highest point in the archipelago at 1707 m/5600 ft, with several other islands having points well over 2000ft. This makes for some impressive and spectacular views if the hiker only manages a short distance up hill.

This is Darwin Lake, a small lagoon in a crater very near Tagus Cove that is thought to have been formed by a tidal wave when a volcano on Fernandina Island (in the background) erupted. The lake is a very unusual feature being slightly above sea level and twice as salty as sea water. As water evaporates from the lake, water is replenished from the sea via the porous rocks that separate the sea from the water in the crater. There is a line of salt encrustation along the water's edge of the lake.

Picture courtesy NOAA

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