Iguazú, Cataratas del
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This waterfall has been confirmed by the World Waterfall Database, has been mapped and its height has been approximated but exact measurements have not yet been confirmed.
Despite the sizable volume and drainage area of the Rio Iguazú, the river is known to fluctuate greatly in volume. During the dry season the falls are noticeably affected by the lack of precipitation and can shrink to just a fraction of their true size during droughts. The Rio Iguazú also has been known to swell to great proportions during the rainy season when the volume of the falls has been recorded to increase as much as 8 time above its annual average.
Though the falls straddle the Argentina / Brazil border, because the majority of the waterfall occurs within Argentina, we have it listed in the database as such. Access to viewpoints of the falls, however, is more developed on the Brazilian side.
HISTORY AND NAMES
- Also Known as: Cataratas do Iguaçu, Iguacu Falls, Iguazu Falls
- Iguazú, Cataratas del is the Official name of this waterfall
Great volume coupled with immense width and a fairly substantial drop adds up to a waterfall of proportions that simply can't be equaled by more than a handful of other waterfalls around the world. Photographer Yoshikazu Shirakawa dedicated almost 1/3 of his incredible book "The World's Hundred Greatest Waterfalls, Vol. II" to Iguazú Falls for good reason. There really is no question in our minds, Iguazú Falls is the world's greatest waterfall.
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