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Niagara Falls
   Ontario, Canada

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CONFIRMED
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.
Niagara Falls is both the largest waterfall by volume in North America and is without a doubt the most well known waterfall on the planet thanks in parts to its portrayal in Hollywood, the presence of approximately 2 million people living in the Buffalo-Niagara area and the largest city in Canada being situated just less than 2 hours away. Niagara Falls receives between 14 and 20 million visitors every year (depending on the source), has probably been photographed more than any other waterfall on earth and has been the site of countless foolish feats of daring and numerous publicity stunts.

The falls consist of three parts; American Falls which drops between 90 and 120 feet before cascading over a bench of boulders which have cleaved from the face of the cliff, and has a crest width of about 940 feet. Bridal Veil Falls drop about the same distance but stands only about 45 feet wide. Canadian or Horseshoe Falls which drops 167 feet and stretches just over 2700 feet in width. The Niagara River maintains a consistent flow all year long due in part to a huge hydroelectric facility which draws off over half the volume of the river.
Hydroelectric Integration
This waterfall has been incorporated into a hydroelectric scheme and as a result may not flow consistently year round.


HISTORY AND NAMES


  • Also Known as: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Canadian Falls
  • Niagara Falls is the Official name of this waterfall


Our thoughts


Niagara Falls is a perfect example of how not to go about handling a natural landmark of global significance. Not only have the falls been reduced by half from their natural stature, but the rampant commercial development on both sides of the border should put a bad taste in the mouth of every conservationist on the planet. Niagara Falls may be one of the most impressive waterfalls on earth, but it is simultaneously one of the least attractive. In a twist of fate perhaps, by Niagara being sacrificed to the money machine the country and even the world was awaken to the need to protect our lands. Indeed, we might not have the wonderful National Park systems we have today if John Muir wasn't so disgusted with what happened to Niagara.

Niagara Falls is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.

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