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Marine iguana colony


Note: Punta Suarez occupies the southwestern tip of Española. It is the site of marine iguana and sea lion colonies and, seasonally, colonies of nesting sea birds. During our visit, the world's only nesting colony of waved albatrosses was nearing the end of its season, as was the nazca booby colony.
Island: Española
Location: Punta Suarez
Year: 2006


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Marine iguana atop pinnacle


Note: The south side of Punta Suarez is a sheer fault-scarp that receives the full force of prevailing winds and swell. And yet, marine iguanas climb the sheer faces and find comfortable hangouts.
Island: Española
Location: Punta Suarez
Year: 2006


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The blowhole


Note: A lava-tube facing into the surf forms a blowhole when, during favorable tide conditions, surf rushes up it and is forced through cracks in its roof.
Island: Española
Location: Punta Suarez
Year: 2006


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Fractures in basalt


Note: At seven million years, Española is the oldest extant island of the archipelago. Ubiquitous rounded boulders testify to the effect of surf in previous eras of higher sea level. Additionally, fracture patterns in lava show the effects of extensive weathering.
Island: Española
Location: Punta Suarez
Year: 2006


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Returning to the landing


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Island: Española
Location: Punta Suarez
Year: 2006