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Darwin’s Arch: Famous rock formation off the Galapagos Islands has collapsed

A famous rock formation off the Galapagos Islands known as Darwin’s Arch collapsed on 16 May 2021, leaving two pillars.

The Ecuadoran Ministry of Environment said it was due to “natural erosion”.

“The collapse of Darwin’s Arch, the attractive natural bridge found less than a kilometre from the main area of Darwin Island, was reported,” the ministry said.

The formation, named after the English biologist Charles Darwin, is considered a top diving location.

The Galapagos Islands is 906km west off continental Ecuador. It is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site and renowned worldwide for its unique array of plants and wildlife.

The archipelago is made up of 234 islands, inlets and rocks. Four of them are home to some 30,000 people.

Tourists across the globe travel there to see the islands’ biodiversity, which inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution.