We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
The famous Azure Window – an iconic Maltese natural rock arch located off the Gozo Island – collapsed on March 8 during a powerful storm.
Unfortunately, this is far from the first natural wonder of the world which was destroyed not by man but by nature itself – a sad testament to the old adage that nothing lasts forever.
1. Azure Window, Malta, Gozo Island
Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat said the news was “heartbreaking”.
A study in 2013 said that while erosion was inevitable, the structure was not in imminent danger of collapsing, the Times of Malta reports. The Azure Window was one of Malta’s most famous landmarks.
2. Legzira Beach Archway, Morocco
One of the arches, formed by thousands of years of erosion, collapsed on Friday afternoon into a pile of red rubble.
It is not known what caused the collapse, but the movement of the sea could be a factor. A large crack appeared on the southern face of the arch in March after a chunk of it fell off, Ifnipress reported. Legzira beach is eight miles from the city of Sidi Ifni.
3. Silver Streams Waterfall, Crimea, Russia
According to local residents, the collapse of the Silver Streams unique natural waterfall has taken place in the Bakhchisaray district of Crimea.
It is believed that it happened due to the impact of frost and water that destroyed the limestone rock. As a result, the canopy of tufa from light porous rock collapsed.
The unique natural monument was located at an altitude of 550 meters above sea level in the Small Canyon Gorge.
4. Tunnel Tree, California, USA
The Pioneer Cabin Tree, a giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park that was tunneled through in the 1880s, has fallen due to severe winter weather. It was believed to be hundreds of years old. Since it was first hollowed out in imitation of Yosemite’s Wawona Tunnel Tree, thousands of tourists and vehicles have passed through the sequoia. The Wawona tree was killed by the process and later fell during a storm in the 1960s, but the Pioneer Cabin Tree clung on, showing signs of life well into the 21st century.
5. Lake Poopo, Bolovia
Bolivia’s second largest lake, Poopó, has all but dried up, threatening the livelihood of fishing communities and spelling ecological disaster for hundreds of species. The Bolivian government is blaming dry weather spurred by El Niño and a changing climate.
6. Wall Arch, Utah, USA
Wall Arch, located along the popular Devils Garden Trail at Arches National Park collapsed sometime during the night of August 4, 2008. Rock has continued to fall from the arms of the remaining portion of the arch necessitating the closure of the Devils Garden Trail just beyond Landscape Arch.
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