Niagara Falls Waterfalls
Niagara Falls has been a destination for world explorers. They were formed more than 12,000 years ago. They are made up of 3 waterfalls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. Horseshoe Falls are the biggest and Bridal Veil Falls are the smallest. They are located on the border of Ontario in Canada and New York, USA. They were first discovered in 1678 by French explorer Father Louis Hennepin. However it is not the tallest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela is the highest waterfall in the world at 3230 feet in height.
Facts you didn’t know: –
- In some sections, vertical height of Niagara Falls is more than 176 feet.
- Current erosion rate of Niagara Falls is approximately 1 foot per 10 years.
- The largest vertical drop is more than 50 metre.
- Annie Edson Taylor, a 63 year old school teacher was the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel.
- Niagara Falls is the birthplace of commercial hydro-electric power. World’s first commercial hydropower plant was constructed in 1895.
- Four Great Lakes: – Michigan, Erie, Huron and Superior drain into the Niagara River before emptying into Lake Ontario.
- It is a myth that these falls freeze in the winters.
- All the three waterfalls together produce the highest flow rate of any waterfall on the earth.
- Niagara Falls State Park stretches over 400 acres. Over 140 acres of that lie under water.
- Fishes travel over these falls and approximately 90% of them survive because of their ability to flow with the water.
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