Straddling the equator, this South American nation hosts rare ecological diversity, including on the Galápagos Islands, where observations led Charles Darwin to his theory of evolution. The country is today battling a public debt crisis, and is trying to diversify its economy, looking beyond fossil fuels. It is South America's largest exporter of palm oil.
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