In class the teacher gave us the task of reading some PDF, that would have some questions and we would hve to answer them. I worked with Marina Castagnino:
Project on Charles Darwin
The Beagle Voyage
Botofugo Bay: English
- Read through the letter and diary extracts and answer the letter questions.
- Write a poem or create a word cloud in the shape of a map of South America using Darwin’s words to describe the landscape that he sees.
– What is the landscape like?
– What is the weather like?
– What does it feel like to be there?
I might be on land, or at sea,
but as I turn my head, that’s all I see.
Full of insects, all shapes and aspects.
And all the animals, with their characteristics,
they even look artistic.
No matter the size shape or age,
they are all over the same place.
But no matter where I stay,
my mind is blown away,
because of all of these similarities,
I might think that they come from the same parents,
but that’s not how it goes,
it’s just evolution doing it’s job.
Letter question: Unimagined sights and pleasures
Using letter 168: Charles Darwin to William Darwin Fox and the diary entries: 16 January 1832, 29 February and 1 March 1832, answer the following questions:
- According to the letter and diary entries, list the different things that Darwin has been collecting.
- In the letter and diary entries Darwin describes two different things that have impressed him most, what are they and what does he like about them?
- In the letter and diary entries Darwin mentions Claude and Humboldt, who is he referring to and why?
- In the letter, how does he try to make his friend Fox envious of him?
1.Throughout the Beagle Voyage, Darwin had collected and studies Insects, Birds, and Tortoises, and how amongst them they have similar features, appearances, and ways of feeding, moving, hunting, communicating, and many other factors.
2.The two things that have impressed Darwin the most are the vivid Flora&Fauna, and how there are different types of animals in different islands, such as tortoises, that share the same, or similar characteristics amongst themselves.
3.(Claude was not mentioned) Humboldt is a cold ocean current of the South pacific, flowing North along the coasts of Chile and Peru.
4.In the letter, Darwin keeps mentioning all the magnificent sights and all the amazing animals that are in America, all of them, which his friend Fox is missing out on. So, by mentioning all the amazing things in America, Darwin makes Fox envious, making him wish he was there with him. “This is a proper piece of Bravado, for I would walk through many a mile of sleet, snow or rain to shake you by the hand, My dear old Fox.” Darwin finishes his first letter towards Fox saying he would do anything to see him again, or just shake his hand. Darwin, by mentioning what he would do to just shake his hand, is saying that he deeply misses him, and wishes to see him again.
Galapagos Islands: Science/Geography
- Read through the letter and diary extracts and answer the questions.
- Imagine you are trying to recruit volunteers for a modern natural history scientific expedition to the Galapagos Islands to study giant tortoises. The study must have minimal impact on the environment. As part of the recruitment package you need to show:
– How you will travel to and between the islands
– Length of the overall expedition and how volunteers will spend their time
– What equipment will be provided
– What accommodation will be provided
– How the research will be carried out
– What kind of data/ specimens you will send home
- Design a brochure for your package and promote your expedition to your class.
- Create a diary entry for a modern day expedition to an island, describing your day and what you might encounter.
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Begin the Journey in Quito, Ecuador´s capital city. Then fly to the Galápagos Islands. Our boat, the Oasis of the Seas, will transport you from island to island. Our aim in this trip is to identify how many tortoises are left of the Chelonoidis Nigra, a new species recently discovered in the Bartolomé and Isabella islands. As the study must have minimal impact on the environment, travelers will not be allowed to collect materials from the islands. Instead, they will have to photograph as many turtles as they can. This information will be of utter importance and will be delivered to the Quito Science Museum for further analysis by experts.
- Dates: December 4-7, 2017
- Cost: $5,000 per person all included
- Material provided: waterproof digital camera/film with battery, waterproof flashlight, ground cloth.
- Accomodation: travelers will stay at the Oasis of the Seas.
- Space limited to only 30 participants
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About the Study Leader
Cecilia Adem, Professor of Biology, Las Cumbres School, will serve as study leader for this program. Professor Adem is a specialist in evolutionary biology. Her research focuses on Galápagos tortoises. Her more recent book, An expedition to the Galápagos, was released in fall 2016.
Last week I went with tourism group to an island in Galápagos archipiélago. Among other activities, we visited the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the famous giant tortoises.
We have also done wonderful activities, such as animal encounters. Life varies from island to island, other than tortoises we were able to see: sea lions, seals, iguanas and penguins. Bird Watching was amazing! There were so many beautiful and exotic species.
The sea was also incredible. We swam and snorkelled in the pacific ocean. The tour guide took us on a boat to the middle of the sea, from there we dived into the sea. My group and I were lucky to see lots of different marine species. Each of my companions, and me too, brought a waterproof camera so we could take pics of the tortoises underwater. In my opinion that was the best of the activities!
On the other hand we made lots of great activities on land too! For example hiking. What do you think about walking over lava beds? Well, that’s where the tour guides took us! I was shocked by the fact that we were walking in real lava. I’ve never done such a thing like that!
Letter questions: Plan an expedition
Using letter 295 and diary entries from 25 September and 1 and 9 October 1835, answer the following questions.
- From the letter to Henslow, what topic did Darwin find very instructive on the Galapagos Islands?
- In the diary extracts Darwin discusses a key aspect of survival on any expedition to a remote place. What is it and what makes his accounts of the encounters with animals different from how we would expect a scientific expedition to be reported today?
1.In Darwin’s opinion, the topic he found more instructive and amusing in the Galapagos islands was the Geology (how earth is composed).
- In the diary extracts Darwin discusses a key aspect of survival on any expedition to a remote place,We think that he says that is fundamental to always carry water wherever you go. This idea came to his mind when he saw all those tortoise drinking large amounts of water. In our opinion what makes his account of encounters with animal different from how we would expect a scientific expedition to be reported today, is that he writes everything he sees ( such as the tortoise and the lizards), and tries to enters in the role of each inhabitant of the different islands. What I read is that one day he might eat with the “gauchos”, what they eat most of the time. Or he could spend an entire day with the inhabitants trying to learn their cultures.