The Darwin’s Arch was an iconic natural rock formation located in the Pacific Ocean. The attractive bridge was located south-east of Darwin Island in the Galápagos Archipelago and is now a pillar formation. The stunning structure of the arch is a result of erosion. On the 17th of May 2021, the arch broke apart and collapsed to the ocean.
On May 17th, the Ministry of the Environment and Water of Ecuador announced the end of Darwin’s Arch on a Facebook post. The post which was written in Spanish stated that the cause of the collapse was natural erosion. Prior to the collapse, the arch stood on an irregularly shaped, submerged plateau nicknamed “The Theatre”.
The archipelago comprises 21 main islands, and Darwin island is one of them. Like in most of these, no tourists are allowed in the Darwin island. Therefore, the arch which was once part of the island is not visible to the land. However, tourists can visit the gorgeous arch by boat, but they should stay at a distance. The waters surrounding the arch are a popular destination among scuba divers.
The arch and the island got it’s named after Charles Darwin, who’s a naturalist, geologist, and biologist from England, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He’s also the co-author of the theory of evolution. Darwin’s visits to Galapagos were of huge importance to his scientific work and developing theory in the early 1830s, at the time of his voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.
The remaining stone pillars of this magnificent natural arch has been nicknamed “Pillars of Evolution“, as a tribute to Darwin and his works.