Darwin’s Arch in Galapagos collapses due to erosion
QUITO – The famous rock formation off the Galapagos Islands known as Darwin’s Arch has collapsed due to “natural erosion,” the Ecuadorian environment ministry said on Monday.
“The collapse of Darwin’s Arch, the attractive natural bridge located less than a kilometer from the main area of Darwin Island, has been reported,” the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said its collapse was a “consequence of natural erosion” and that footage released by officials shows only the two stone support columns remain.
The formation, which is in the northern part of the archipelago and is named after the famous English biologist Charles Darwin – whose study of finches on islands in the 19th century helped him describe the theory of evolution – is considered a top-notch dive site.
The Galapagos Islands, about 1,000 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador, are home to unique flora and fauna not seen anywhere else on earth and are part of a biosphere reserve.
The archipelago, a world heritage site, is made up of 234 islands, coves and rocks. Four of them house some 30,000 people.
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