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Tribute to Darwin-and Ecuador
September 16, 2009   
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Passersby on Rakowiecka Street in Warsaw can see an outdoor exhibition of photographs showing the magical archipelago of the Galapagos Islands. The exhibition is an unusual idea to mark two anniversaries.

The idea for the exhibition came from the embassy of Ecuador and the Polish State Geological Institute. The institute wanted to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, whose accomplishments as an explorer and theoretician include discoveries important to geology. The embassy, in turn, wanted to celebrate the 200 years since Ecuador declared independence, the first country in South America to do so.

The two seemingly unrelated anniversaries have a common denominator in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, which played a key role in the birth of Darwin's theory of evolution.

The exhibition consists of 44 large photographs provided by the embassy of Ecuador and taken by internationally acclaimed nature photographers. The photos show islands inhabited by huge turtles, iguanas basking in volcanic vapors and hundreds of local bird species.

Open through mid-December
Geological Museum of the State Geological Institute in Warsaw, 4 Rakowiecka St., entrance from Wi¶niowa Street
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