QUITO, Ecuador – Darwin’s famous Arch in the Galapagos Islands has lost its top and authorities blame natural erosion of the stone.
On Monday, the Ecuadorian Environment Ministry reported the collapse on its Facebook page.
The rock structure – 141 feet high, 230 feet long, and 75 feet wide – is less than a kilometer (about half a mile) from Darwin Island, and it’s a popular spot for divers. submarines. It is not accessible by land.
“Obviously, everyone in the Galapagos felt homesick because it’s something we’ve known from childhood, and to know that this has changed was a bit of a shock,” said Washington Tapia, director of the conservation at Galapagos Conservancy. “However, from a scientific point of view, it is part of the natural process. The fall is surely due to exogenous processes such as weathering and erosion, which are things that normally occur on our planet.
The unique flora and fauna on remote islands, about 600 miles off the mainland coast of Ecuador, are in part believed to have inspired Charles Darwin’s thoughts on evolution.