Exclusive Content:

Taiwan’s ‘Elephant Trunk Rock’ has collapsed

Before and after pictures of Elephant’s Trunk Rock.CNN/Ruifang District Office (NTPC)

A popular photo spot in northern Taiwan is no more.

Elephant Trunk Rock collapsed into the sea on December 15, according to the New Taipei Ruifang District Office, which manages the area.

The rock formation, which got its name from, well, its resemblance to an elephant trunk, has long been at risk due to erosion. It had been cordoned off from visitors since 2010.

Shen Chuan-chou, a professor in the Department of Geosciences at National Taiwan University, told Taiwan’s official Central News Agency that it was “natural” for the rock to collapse because it was constantly affected by seawater and wind.

The rock’s thin arched shape also made it more precarious.

Elephant Trunk Rock is located on a narrow strip of land called Shen’ao, about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the popular tourist area of Jiufen northeast of Taipei.

And Elephant Trunk Rock wasn’t the only natural feature along Taiwan’s rocky northern coast that geologists have been concerned about.

The “Queen’s Head” rock – so named because it “resembles a bust of Queen Elizabeth with a long slender neck” – at Yehliu Geopark is also at risk of collapse.

According to Taiwan’s official Central News Agency, the circumference of the Queen’s Head is now lower than 120 centimeters and is getting thinner every year.

The Maltese island of Gozo has coped with a similar situation in the past.

Its famous limestone “Azure Window,” which had been a set piece on Game of Thrones, collapsed into the sea in 2017.

Two years later, Malta announced plans to build a dramatic steel archway in the spot the Azure Window once occupied, but the project remains unbuilt.

Latest

Bravo’s ‘The Valley’ showcases reality drama, without the table tossing

Somewhere between the immaturity of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” and...

How the USA’s shock cricket triumph reflects a global sporting and geopolitical transformation

Call it the Miracle on Grass. A national cricket team...

Endangered Republicans gamble backing Trump after guilty verdict as vulnerable Democrats remain cautious

For more on how vulnerable Republicans are grappling with...

Adding just a few ultraprocessed foods to a healthy diet raised risk of cognitive decline and stroke, study says

Eating more ultraprocessed foods is linked to a higher risk of cognitive...

Newsletter

spot_img

Don't miss

Bravo’s ‘The Valley’ showcases reality drama, without the table tossing

Somewhere between the immaturity of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” and...

How the USA’s shock cricket triumph reflects a global sporting and geopolitical transformation

Call it the Miracle on Grass. A national cricket team...

Endangered Republicans gamble backing Trump after guilty verdict as vulnerable Democrats remain cautious

For more on how vulnerable Republicans are grappling with...

Adding just a few ultraprocessed foods to a healthy diet raised risk of cognitive decline and stroke, study says

Eating more ultraprocessed foods is linked to a higher risk of cognitive...

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin announce TLC reality series about their family

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin are bringing their large family...
spot_imgspot_img

Bravo’s ‘The Valley’ showcases reality drama, without the table tossing

Somewhere between the immaturity of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” and ridiculousness of the “Housewives” franchise, lies “The Valley.” The latest Bravo reality series, which concluded its...

Endangered Republicans gamble backing Trump after guilty verdict as vulnerable Democrats remain cautious

For more on how vulnerable Republicans are grappling with former President Donald Trump’s conviction, watch “Inside Politics Sunday with Manu Raju” at 8 a.m....

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here