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The Effects of El Niño on Galápagos Plants, Animals, and People

Giant tortoises benefit from increased food availability during El Niño, but their reproduction can be affected by flooding.

El Niño, which is a global climate anomaly, can affect the Galapagos Archipelago. El Niño-Southern Oscillation disrupts the ecosystems of the Galapagos Archipelago with increased ocean temperatures and rainfall. This affects marine species negatively, while benefiting some terrestrial species. It also challenges the cacti-dominated terrain and increases the risks from invasive plant species. El Niño […]