Volcanic haze from Sierra Negra Volcano • Earth.com

Last update: May 31st, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Ash from eruptions, volcanic haze from Sierra Negra Volcano off the Sierra Negra obscures this image of the Galapagos Islands. The ash appears hazy, as opposed to the more solid-looking white and whitish-grey features (which are clouds). Sierra Negra is a shield volcano, which means that is wide with gently sloping sides, formed by the flow of very fluid lava

 Therefore as the plate (on which the islands currently rest) moved over a column of hot magma or liquid rock. The volcano forms a hot rock like flow of this lava. The islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) west of South America; they belong to Ecuador.

The Galapagos are famous for their unique biodiversity and for a visit by the HMS Beagle in 1835. On board was Charles Darwin, then a recent divinity student and an aspiring naturalist eager to collect specimens in exotic locations. His observations of how variable individuals within a population (of a single species) are and how these variations are distributed in space.

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