Darwin's Famous Arch on the Galapagos Islands Collapsed after 186 Years Due to Natural Erosion
Mother Nature can be as cruel as she is beautiful, as seen on the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador. One of its most famous tourist attractions, the Darwin's Arch, was recently lost due to the destructive force of erosion.
The Galápagos Islands are one of the most famous tourist destinations in Ecuador for their amazing natural scenery and the place where the iconic Darwin's arch is found.
Unfortunately, this unique arch is no longer standing, as recently confirmed by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment on their Twitter page, where they announced the collapse of the natural bridge on May 17, 2021.
This amazing natural arch, named after the famous English biologist Charles Darwin, could be found less than a kilometer away from the northernmost island of the Galapagos archipelago.
According to the Twitter post, no anthropogenic factors were at play. The culprit responsible for the collapse of the iconic Darwin's arch was none other than the destructive force of natural erosion.
The fallen arch was made purely out of natural stones, and just as this iconic site was named after the late scientist, the uninhabited island where it was once connected was also named Darwin.
Star actor Leonardo DiCaprio is working to preserve the Island's wildlife.
Informamos que hoy 17 de mayo, se reportó el colapso del Arco de Darwin, el atractivo puente natural ubicado a menos de un kilómetro de la isla principal Darwin, la más norte del archipiélago de #Galápagos. Este suceso sería consecuencia de la erosión natural.— Ministerio Ambiente, Agua y Transición Ecológica (@Ambiente_Ec) May 17, 2021
📷Héctor Barrera pic.twitter.com/lBZJWNbgHg
These areas received their names after the famous biologist because in the 19th century, Darwin reportedly studied the finches on the islands, and this research was crucial to the development of his evolution theory.
The fallen rock formation was a key tourist site because of its association to the late scientist and because many considered the spot to be a great diving location.
Darwin’s Arch, a famous natural rock formation off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, collapsed on Monday. https://t.co/M1XLANHNyj— pressconnects (@pressconnects) May 19, 2021
The stunning Galápagos Islands can be found to the west of Ecuador. They are considered a Unesco World Heritage site because of their remarkable array of wildlife and plant species.
However, the recent fall of the famous arch won't be affecting the routines of tourists that enjoy the unique biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands as star actor Leonardo DiCaprio is working to preserve the Island's wildlife.
RIP Darwin's Arch.— IFLScience (@IFLScience) May 18, 2021
On May 17 2021, the iconic Darwin's Arch in the Galapagos Islands collapsed due to natural erosion, the Ecuadoran Ministry of Environment has announced.
📸: Héctor Barrera/Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment pic.twitter.com/We59gjCVNs
The "Titanic" star reportedly announced a 43 million dollar pledge in partnership with a recently founded organization known as "Re: wild," whose key members included the Hollywood actor and renowned conservation scientists.
This 43 million dollar pledge will be used to fund projects centered on Galápagos, including the restoration of the Floreana Island, which is home to numerous threatened species such as the Floreana mockingbird.