After a few days in the Galapagos you become amazed that islands can look so different. The geography changes drastically with the animals so on one island you may see tons of birds but on another they are rare.
And while our guide Juan explained that the islands are constantly changing with older islands eroding and new ones forming I had no idea we would see the beginning of an island.
Sullivan Bay is evidence of this formation. The last major eruption was in the early 1900s and today you can walk over black lava flow complete with bubbles.
Small plants like cactus and carpet weed are beginning to form as birds have left seeds from flying over top.
In the right light you can see the red tones of oxidation which is the beginning of basalt turning into soil particles.
Most of the island is pahoehoe, a Hawaiian term for braided lava but there is also aa (jagged and painful to fall on).
The type of formation depends on the temperature of the molten lava and the gas content. Pahoehoe is formed from lava with a high temperature and gas content flowing quickly.
The sun bakes the lava to such a hot temperature you won’t see any animals other than insects, lizards or snakes.
We arrive just before sunset and it’s still incredibly hot. But Juan tells us it’s perfect for a volcanic massage. You simply lay on the warm ropey lava and relax.
Now this is something I can do.