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Galapagos’ iconic Darwin’s Arch collapses


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Time waits for no man, or rock structure in this case – the iconic Darwin's Arch in the Galapagos has succumbed to erosion and collapsed.

Darwin's Arch
The Arch has gone, leaving two pillars.

Guests on the Galapagos Aggressor III experienced this unique event unfolding before their eyes at around 11.20am on Sunday 16 May. The fabled Arch stood off the coast of Darwin Island, and has been the focus of innumerable photographs over the years.

Darwin's Arch
The guests on the Galapagos Aggressor III saw the collapse.

There are now only two pillars remaining, and according to Aggressor, some in the dive and travel industry are already referring to them as ‘The Pillars of Evolution', while others have heard the title ‘The Columns of Darwin'.

Photo credit: Aggressor Adventures

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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