Nature gives us incredible landscapes, formations that captivate us and make us travel thousands of miles to contemplate them. But the same nature, when it unfolds all its force, can destroy those landscapes. Today we are going to pay homage to five natural wonders destroyed by bad weather.
Because by itself the passage of time will erode, wear down and make aging these natural monuments. But the time comes when a strong storm, storm, hurricane or snowfall can cause them to collapse and disappear forever.
Natural arches, large trees, rock formations … These five natural wonders are not free from the inclement weather.
The Blue Window of Gozo, Malta: Azure Window
We start with the most recent and sad disappearance for many, especially those who could contemplate it on the spot : the Azure Window, the Blue Window of Gozo (Malta), where you can enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
A big storm last March ended up making the Azure Window or Gozo, Malta, disappear, giving the last push to a process of corrosion whose near end already predicted the technicians. Definitely a great loss for the landscaping value of Gozo, which runs out of one of its emblems. In recent years, the Azure Window has become even more popular if it fits because of its appearance in “Game of Thrones”.
Now, you will not be able to take a boat around, but surely many visitors continue to approach the place where the country’s greatest natural attraction, along the “Inland Sea” and the small fishermen’s huts, on a steep coast full Of caves and curious rock formations and near Dwjera Bay.
The 12 Apostles, Australia
The southwestern coast of the Australian state of Victoria has been guarded for thousands of years by a collection of limestone monoliths called “The Twelve Apostles” (although the original, less solemn name was “The Pig and the Piglets”). A few meters from the coast, these formations follow, perhaps at some point twelve, but that the effect of erosion year after year, has left in eight.
The action of the waves has been wearing the base of the monoliths a few millimeters every year. The last collapse of one of the apostles occurred in July 2005, when, according to witnesses, the stone pillar of 50 meters was shaken, shuddered and collapsed in the sea.
The Twelve Apostles are one of the largest attractions on the coast of Port Campbell National Park, along the 300 kilometer “Great Ocean Road” route in Victoria, Australia. It is one of Australia’s most recognizable natural monuments, along with other monoliths such as Ayers Rock (Uluru). There will come a time when they will have to look for another name for “the 12 apostles”, but we hope it will be a long, long time.
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The finger of God, Gran Canaria, Spain
It was in November 2005 when the passage of the Delta storm on Gran Canaria left the natural monument known as El dedo de Dios or “El Roque Partido”, located in Agaete, municipality northwest of the island of Gran Canaria.
It is a rock of basaltic stone that rises in the oldest geological zone of Gran Canaria, which was isolated from the cliff about 300,000 years ago due to the erosion of the sea for millions of years.
The stone monolith has not disappeared completely, but only the top, finer and fragile, that of the index finger, about 20 meters high, has been affected. The “fist” still remains and this is its current aspect, but of course, the previous name no longer makes sense. However, it is one of the tourist attractions of Gran Canaria and remains on the maps.
The Old Man of the Mountain, United States
The state of New Hampshire is largely occupied by the mountain range of the White Mountains, belonging to the Appalachian mountain range, considered the most abrupt of New England. In the area known as the Presidential Range are several mountains with names of important figures of the country and also was the rock formation called “Old Man of the Mountain”, with a profile similar to Of a human face.
Although the zone received the strongest winds measured in the planet (372 kilometers per hour) in 1934, it was not at that moment that this curious mountain profile disappeared, but much more recently. It was in 2003 when the Old man of the mountain collapsed by the action of gravity aided by the wind.
These mountains remain heavily visited due to their proximity to the cities of Boston and New York. Tourists can still see the Old Man on the mountain thanks to a small sculpture that reproduces his profile, strategically located in the distance, creating an optical illusion.
The Washington tree in the Sequoia National Park
We left the rock formations to end with a very different natural wonder, the second largest tree in the world (after General Sherman Tree). In the gigantic forest of Sequoia National Park, California, was the Washington Tree, the Washington arbor, a giant sequoia of 77’6 meters that has been reducing its original volume as a result of several Meteorological phenomena , such as fire caused by lightning or snow and strong winds.
In September 2003, lightning fire set fire to much of the crown of the tree, reducing its height and leaving it very damaged. Structurally weakened, the tree partially collapsed in January 2005 as a result of the weight left by a large snowfall. It passed to measure 35 meters of height, losing most of its branches and the trunk.
The Washington Tree is a natural wonder not completely destroyed, as it continues to have new branches and experts say there are redwoods that have lived with less foliage, for decades and even centuries. But surely, it is not what it was and we have the memory of its splendid past.