Famous sites to see before they disappear from the Earth

Galápagos Islands' iconic Darwin's Arch collapses due to erosion

Stars Insider

19/05/21 | StarsInsider

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Earth is changing exponentially quicker with each year, and some of the most famous places on the planet are already demonstrating the consequences of climate change and human interference. These iconic sites are laden with history, but they're suffering so much damage that they face an impending doom. 

Darwin’s Arch is the latest iconic site to vanish, as the famed rock formation in the Galápagos archipelago collapsed on May 17. The cause of the collapse was natural erosion, according to Ecuador’s Environment Ministry who posted photographs on social media showing just two rocky pillars left.

The 43-meter (141-foot) high rock formation was named after British scientist Charles Darwin, who visited the islands in 1835 and developed his theory of evolution by examining Galápagos finches. The landmark also represented a popular spot for scuba divers as it's one of the best places on the planet to observe sea turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, and more. Fortunately, no divers were harmed in the collapse.

From natural wonders and ancient relics to entire bustling cities, check out all the places you need to visit before they disappear.

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