Natural landmarks that have been destroyed


Whether by storms, fires, or even vandals, some of the world’s most treasured natural monuments are no longer with us. Most recenlty, the iconic Maltese rock arch, Azure Window (photographed in May 2014), collapsed into the sea due to heavy storms on March 8, 2017. The popular structure was used as a backdrop in several films and TV series, including “Clash of the Titans” (1981), “The Count of Monte Cristo” (2002) and “Game of Thrones” (2011- )

A man stands atop the cliffs where the Azure Window collapsed, on March 8, 2017.

The “Pioneer Cabin Tree,” also known as the “Drive-Through Tree,” was toppled over by a massive storm on Jan. 8, 2017.

Pictured: Snow partially covers the fallen Pioneer Cabin Tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park on Jan. 9, 2017, in Arnold, California, U.S.

Shown here is the tunnel in the Pioneer Cabin Sequoia Tree, which was cut in the 1880s, prior to its collapse.

Shown here in 1936 is New Hampshire’s famed “Old Man in the Mountain.” Gravity got the best of the icon as it slid down the mountain in 2003.

Today, visitors can still visit the site. A stick with a figure of the “old man” creates an optical illusion allowing viewers to observe the location of the Old Man in the Mountain.

The sun rises over the Sierras and the first rays shine on the trunk of the Jeffrey Pine made famous in an Ansel Adams photograph taken in 1940. The tree died due to a drought in the mid 1970s and finally fell in 2003 after a series of strong storms.

Rock formations known as the “12 Apostles” along the Great Ocean Road south of Melbourne, Australia. In 2005, one of the nine limestone monoliths fell into the ocean. (Photo was taken after 2005.)
The “Eye of the Needle,” a natural arch on the cliffs above the Upper Missouri River that was destroyed by vandals in 1997
“God’s Finger” in Spain’s Canary Islands had its top knocked off by Tropical Storm Delta in 2005.
One of the two rock archways on Legzira Beach in Morocco collapsed in September 2016, leaving only a pile of red rubble. The popular sunset point succumbed to the weight of the cliff above it.
Here we see the pile of red rubble after the collapse.
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