Darwin’s Arch off Galapagos falls into Pacific Ocean

By AAP 19 May 2021
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Ecuador officials say natural erosion has resulted in the collapse of Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos Islands, with the rock structure losing its top.

The famed Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos Islands has lost its top and officials are blaming natural erosion of the stone.

Ecuador’s Environment Ministry reported the collapse on its Facebook page on Monday.

The rock structure – 43 metres high, 70 metres long and 23 metres wide – is less than 1km from Darwin Island and a popular spot for scuba divers.

The unique flora and fauna on the remote islands 1000km off the coast of mainland Ecuador are famed in part for inspiring Charles Darwin’s thoughts on evolution.