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Divers Investigate New Swim-throughs After Collapse of the Azure Window

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Diver emerging from a new swim-through (Atlantis Diving Centre, Gozo)

Although the loss of the iconinc Azure Window as a natural geological tourist attraction might have been a sad day for the Maltese island of Gozo, it has become a veritable gold mine of new underwater topography and swim-throughs for divers.

These videos and comments, all courtesy of Atlantis Diving Centre, Gozo, offer an early glimpse into what will undoubtedly become one of Malta's most popular dive sites of the next few years.

The remnants of the Azure Window pillar. The yellow boulders once formed the ceiling of the Azure Window. Notice the difference between the two types of rock.... The ceiling of the Azure Window was made of 'yellow' limestone while the pillar was made of a white stone. All the area between the pillar and the cliff is now from 5 to 8m deep. Ideal for beginners.

All the huge boulders and most of the smaller ones which once formed part of the Azure Window pillar landed in the area between the pillar and the Chimney. There are several new swim-throughs and passages varying in depth from 15m to 52m.

As one can notice from this video, half of the pillar of the Azure Window collapsed way below the surface. The side which collapsed is the part facing the south-west / Blue Hole (all the white rock). The other side remains intact. A passageway has now formed  at the base where the pillar once stood.

This huge boulder, now on the seabed, once formed the top of the pillar. It is amazing how the plants and the earth remain intact on this rock. Another interesting feature on this boulder are the Scutella subrotunda fossils, which returned back underwater after millions of years topside.



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