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A satellite view of the Galapagos Islands


A satellite view of the Galapagos Islands Today’s Video of the Day from the U.S. Geological Survey features the Galapagos Islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Located about 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the remote islands were formed by volcanoes, and some are still active.

This view of the Galapagos Islands is captured from Landsat 8, which combines four photographs taken in March of 2015. This detailed map of Galapagos Islands is provided by Google. Use the buttons under the map to switch to different map types provided by Maphill itself. See Galapagos Islands from a different perspective. Each map style has its advantages. Yes, this satellite map is nice.

Some of the water manages to sneak around the islands, while some rises up to the surface. The Galápagos Islands force part of the Equatorial Undercurrent toward the surface, boosting populations of phytoplankton and supporting species like penguins and fur seals not otherwise found in the tropics. A satellite view of the Galapagos Islands as shown above in video shows the phytoplankton around the Galápago. European discovery of the Galápagos Islands occurred when Spaniard Fray Tomás de Berlanga.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

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