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The Many Colors of Darwin’s Arch

The Many Colors of Darwin’s Arch

As you stand atop this massive rock on the Galapagos Island of Floreana, gazing out over the Pacific Ocean, you might be tempted to think that this island doesn’t offer much in the way of natural beauty or intrigue. However, by taking an extra moment to explore and appreciate its subtle wonders, you’ll see that Darwin’s Arch has as much natural beauty and wonder as any other part of this tropical archipelago. Here are just three examples of the amazing things you can see here.

Black
Darwin’s Arch, an iconic tourist destination in the Galapagos Islands, offers a seemingly never-ending sea of stone. Walking from one end to the other and back again, one cannot help but feel transported to another world: one full of its own beauty, strife and mystery. The natural rock is born through the process of weathering – which is essentially the same as erosion – where water forces particles downward so that they pile up over time.

Blue
Walking along the picturesque coastline on the archipelago’s equator, visitors will find one of the most gorgeous and uncommon natural wonders in the world: an underwater canyon. You can see large marine animals such as rays, sharks, and sea turtles among intricate coral reefs. These creatures are drawn to this remote water because there is a flow from fresh water from Nantucket Bay that mixes with a warmer saline ocean current along this particular coast. The place is alive with activity.

Brown
Darwin’s Arch is found in the Galapagos Islands. At one point, the arch was at ground level with dirt beneath it but through evolution, the arch became exposed to be used as a bridge and a nesting place for land iguanas. As observed from researchers on Pinta Island,the wild sheep in their habitat can use the arch as an escape from predators.
Darwin’s Arch is extremely significant to modern day evolution because it showcases how Earth has evolved over time.

Bright Pink
Darwin’s Arch is a natural rock formation on the coast near Puerto Ayora, Ecuador. The arch attracts tourists with its vast array of colors ranging from bright pink to burnt sienna and everything in between. Different rocks and minerals are responsible for the variety in color, but some visitors prefer to think they were inspired by Mother Nature.

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Gray
Darwin’s Arch is a natural rock that borders two beaches on the Galapagos. It is named after Charles Darwin and was created due to erosion. The arch consists of black lava rocks and beige sandstone at its base, which is eroded over time to create an archway with unique striations. Tourists flock to the site to enjoy sunsets with the Pacific Ocean in the background.

Light Blue Section: Lime Green Section: Orange Section: Purple Section: Red Section: White Section: Yellow
Darwin’s Arch is an iconic symbol for the Galapagos Islands, and a lasting example of Charles Darwin’s profound impact on modern science. Rock formations like these are also called arches or natural bridges and they were named after Darwin because they were first identified by him during his studies.

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