Malta's famous "Azure Window" has collapsed into the sea


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/09/maltas-famous-azure-window.html


#2

I suppose, wth rising (and possibly more tempestuous) sea levels, we’ll see more of these features disappear than we will see be created.


#3
Environment Minister Jose Herrera said several studies had shown that no man-made intervention could have prevented the collapse. 

Nor should it. It is just nature doing its thing.


#4

The video in the article does not show the collapse. (Mentioning this to save others from spending the 3 minutes it took me to watch the 36-second video due to buffering issues)


#5

I hope they got Game of Thrones season 7 into the can first!


#6

It’s such a relief to read that a natural landmark has collapsed due to the forces of nature instead of a pack of drunken idiots vandalizing it.


#7

Why the hurry to accept blame for things we can’t control?


#8

Having visited it, I’m not surprised by the span, but the stack falling over kind of shocks me.

Great diving there though, it’s all similar arches and caves underwater.


#9

Sooner or later, this happens to all such formations.

Here’s one in California shortly before its collapse in 1979. :cold_sweat:


#10

I keep reading about Game of Thrones in association with Malta and I’m here, like, “MAN, THAT’S WHERE POPEYE WAS FILMED!”


#11

Another rock arch at Legzira, Morocco collapsed last year.

Erosion giveth, and erosion taketh away.


#12

Of all the myriad terrible things to blame on AGW, I think that inevitable erosion of fragile geological formations is perhaps the easiest to forgive. Sic transit gloria…


#13

Makes me think of the exhaustive efforts to preserve New Hampshire’s Old Man of the Mountains. (I didn’t realize it had been fourteen years already.)
http://web.archive.org/web/20040407010030/http://www.boston.com/news/daily/03/nh_old_man.htm


#14

And they just left it there, but I guess Malta is happy. It’s a tourist spot and there are a lot of video tours of it online.

I never picture Popeye living in such a rocky, green sea place. I always figured him for New Bedford or something.


#15

Also, from nearby in the Bay of Fundy.

https://www.google.ht/amp/s/sec.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/iconic-new-brunswick-flowerpot-rock-collapses/article29243718/%3Fservice=amp


#16

The sea giveth and the sea taketh away. I wouldn’t lose sleep over it. The sea is working hard all over the world, ceaselessly, tirelessly, to make more arches, rest assured.


#17

The sea, she’s a fickle mistress. Yarrr.


#18

Thanks a bunch. Now I am going to have the “Sweethaven” song stuck in my head for three of four days. Probably “Everything is Food” as well.


#20

Fuck, I hope this isn’t some kind of omen, we just moved a huge peice of mission critical infrastructure to Windows Azure…


#21

Thanks, Obama.