This title takes readers on an incredible journey to the Galápagos Islands, one of the world's most extraordinary, yet endangered, Troubled Treasures. Young travel enthusiasts are sure to appreciate the large, colorful photos of unique endemic species such as Galápagos giant tortoises, Galápagos sea lions, and Galápagos marine iguanas. Popular native creatures, such as blue-footed boobies, are also introduced. Helpful diagrams demonstrate how the archipelago formed over a hot spot and how ocean currents impact its unique environment. Students will also become familiar with UNESCO and why the Galápagos were named a World Heritage site. Colorful maps show where in the world the Galápagos are located and give a detailed view of the official World Heritage area. From the archipelago's formation to Darwin's theory of evolution to today's conservation efforts, readers will gain an understanding of the islands' history and their significance to scientific study. Tips for how to be a conscious tourist encourage kids to consider responsible environmental actions on the islands and at home. Informative sidebars and fun facts offer additional opportunities for readers to explore the Galápagos, while bolded glossary terms, phonetic spellings, and an index make this adventurous volume accessible! Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.