Erosion Impact, Darwin’s Arch Iconic Rock in Galapagos Collapses – Darwin’s Arch is a famous natural stone arch feature north of the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment and Water reported that the top of the Darwin’s Arch collapsed and fell into the sea.

The arch, located less than a kilometer off the coast of Darwin Island, collapsed as a result of natural erosion on May 17, leaving two standing stone pillars.

The stone arch is named after the British biologist Charles Darwin who studied evolution in the Galapagos during his voyages in the early 1830s.

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CNN reported that the peak of the arch had been lost and one touring company, Aggressor Adventures, referred to the two remaining rock monoliths as “The Pillars of Evolution”.

The ministry says that Darwin Island is considered one of the best places in the world to dive and observe shark schools.

Darwin’s Arch. [Twitter]

Previous research has shown that the waters around the arch are home to a wide variety of shark and coral species.

Scientists previously observed four pregnant whale sharks who frequently visited these rock arches, even though the sharks did not eat or exhibit certain behaviors there.

Reporting from Live Science, Friday (21/5/2021), the team concluded that Darwin Island has a role as an important stopover in migration, possibly for reproductive purposes.

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The Galapagos Marine Reserve is designed to protect marine life and the 19 Galapagos islands are also recognized as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

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