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Earth Science

Malta's Azure Window Collapses Into the Sea (timesofmalta.com) 84

New submitter Duvzo writes: Sadly, our famous [Azure Window] landmark disappeared today, and not just the arch but the whole offshore stack has vanished. Strong gale force winds hit Malta yesterday, ultimately causing their landmark to collapse. Malta's prime minister, Joseph Muscat, said the news was heartbreaking. "Reports commissioned over the years indicated that this landmark would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion. That sad day arrived," he said.

Slashdot reader Duvzo notes that the landmark was featured in Clash of the Titans and Game of Thrones. It served as the backdrop to the Dothraki wedding scene in the Game of Thrones.
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Malta's Azure Window Collapses Into the Sea

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  • by jabberw0k ( 62554 ) on Wednesday March 08, 2017 @06:14PM (#54002989) Homepage Journal
    Just because an Azure instance crashes, along with an entire Windows stack, does not make this a news-for-nerds story.
  • Video won't load, I'm guessing we crashed their server.

  • by iggymanz ( 596061 ) on Wednesday March 08, 2017 @06:23PM (#54003031)

    in 2013 geologists said the thing probably had decades left, but when a geologist says something will happen to a rock formation in timeframe that is anything less than thousand years...well that's the same as saying "very soon and any time now"

    The arch was remains of caves that collapsed, and also being made of limestone not surprising the rest of it was doomed.

    • It didn't help that people kept tombstoning off it despite fences and signs saying please don't because it's fragile and you're wearing it away by doing so.

    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      in 2013 geologists said the thing probably had decades left, but when a geologist says something will happen to a rock formation in timeframe that is anything less than thousand years...well that's the same as saying "very soon and any time now"

      Or maybe something improbable happened. People that don't understand statistics frustrate me, just because the probability of winning the lottery is really, really low doesn't mean nobody wins the lottery. Maybe it could have weathered a lot of other storms but this particular combination of amplitude and direction of wind, rising or ebbing tide resulted in waves that found a resonance and and started nudging something like a loose tooth or it had some unknown foundation issues or whatever. Obligatory XKCD [xkcd.com]

      • the geologist didn't give stats, just used the word "probably". Doesn't matter, the stats were that was 100% chance the thing was going to fall over sometime

  • Russians (Score:4, Funny)

    by ScentCone ( 795499 ) on Wednesday March 08, 2017 @06:26PM (#54003051)
    I dare say we know who is responsible for this, as in all things.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by tomhath ( 637240 )
      Nah, blame Global Warming.
    • I dare say we know who is responsible for this, as in all things.

      If you want to be trendy and all, fine.

      At least be witty about it, Tovarisch.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by ScentCone ( 795499 )
        Woosh! That's the whole point. STILL blaming Russia for things like losing elections is laughably lame.
        • Woosh! That's the whole point. STILL blaming Russia for things like losing elections is laughably lame.

          Whoosh yourself. I don't care who blames what on who. Because it's just stupid chasing it's tail But if it ain't funny it ain't worth fsck-all.

    • Definitely the Russians, they hacked it!
    • God did it. He has taken a disliking to Game of Thrones and is piece by piece destroying all the featured landmarks.

      http://www.express.co.uk/showb... [express.co.uk]

  • Gotta love the Prime Minister's tweet: "Tieqa tad-Dwejra in #Gozo has collapsed. Updates soon."

    My prediction for the first update: "At this stage Tieqa tad-Dwejra remains in a state of collapse. Next update in one hour."

    I could be wrong, I never really did understand entropy.

  • by gwolf ( 26339 ) <[gro.flowg] [ta] [flowg]> on Wednesday March 08, 2017 @06:51PM (#54003167) Homepage

    One of Argentina's natural landmarks is the yearly fall of the Perito Moreno glaciar bridge. People come from around the world to the specific place this natural monument gets formed towards the end of the winter and watch it collapse.

    Fortunately, it is a repeatable build.

  • News for Nerds? (Score:2, Insightful)

    Stuff that matters?? Really?
  • correct horse battery staple is the most difficult password to break. I saw a scientific paper with terms like entropy etc, that said this is the easiest to remember most difficult password to hack.
  • ...they should have built a wall to protect its greatness.

    A huuuuuuuge one.

    And made the ocean pay for it.

  • "Sadly, our famous [Azure Window] landmark..."

"You stay here, Audrey -- this is between me and the vegetable!" -- Seymour, from _Little Shop Of Horrors_

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