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posted by martyb on Saturday January 08, @06:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the Walk-like-an-Egyptian^W-Iguana dept.

Volcano erupts on Galapagos island home to endangered iguana:

The Wolf volcano's slopes host the pink iguana, only 211 of which were reported to be left on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos archipelago, as of last August.

The volcano, the highest of the Galapagos, is some 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the nearest human settlement.

In a statement shared on Facebook on Friday, the Galapagos National Park said the volcano was emitting plumes of smoke and ash several thousand metres high, which were moving towards the north side of the island where no people are at risk.

[...] The national park said it sent eight park rangers and scientists working with the pink iguanas to check out the situation on Friday morning as a matter of precaution.

"The team confirmed that the habitat of these species is far from the eruption and the impact zone, so no additional protection measures are currently being considered," the statement read.

[...] The area also hosts yellow iguanas and the famous Galapagos giant tortoises.

The pink iguana was first spotted by park rangers in 1986 and classified as a separate species to other land iguanas on the Galapagos in 2009, according to the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), a UK-registered charity that works on conservation on the islands.

[...] For its part, the Geophysical Institute of Quito said the 1,707-metre (5,600-foot) volcano spewed gas-and-ash clouds as high as 3,800 metres (12,467 feet) into the air, with lava flows on its southern and southeastern slopes.

Isabela island also hosts four other active volcanos.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @07:05AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @07:05AM (#1211029)

    Not to mention the endangered American Conservative, one of whom is a Mitch McConnell (Ky-Turtle).

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @03:44PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 08, @03:44PM (#1211065)

    Not a conservative. I wish he were an endangered RINO, but no such luck.