This gorgeous panoramic view of Niagara Falls is breathtaking. If you ever have a chance to visit the falls in person, you will find that pictures and videos can never quite give it the justice it deserves in the natural phenomenon department.
NiagaraFalls is actually categorized as a collection of waterfalls; American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Canadian Falls. When you visit, your landscape view will allow you to take in the full essence of how these three waterfalls come together to create a one-of-a-kind personal experience – a true gift from Mother Nature.
The American Falls measures at its length, 1060 feet (323.08 meters) with a height of 176 feet (53.6 meters). T
aking into consideration the rocks at the base of the fall, the first touch of water to a lower surface is at 70 feet (21.3 meters).
The Bridal Veil Falls, named for its appearance, measures 2600 feet (792.4 meters) and is located next to the American Falls, separated by a small piece of land called Luna Island.
The American Falls contain a volume of water that is 150,000 U.S. Gallons (567,811 liters) per second, while The Bridal Veil Falls has a volume of 600,000 U.S. gallons (2,271,247 liters) per second.
Of course, the actual amount varies, but there are two hydroelectric plants that utilize the power of these two falls that draw water into their reservoirs before that water takes its plunge. Depending on how that resource is controlled affects the volume of water that flows over the falls at any given time.
Also, the amount of water that is siphoned from the falls depends on the time of the year, and the time of any given day. The flow is at its greatest during the peak tourist times (June, July, and August) and during the day. the falls have been in existence as a natural scenic destination for hundreds of years, which has been long enough for those in control of the falls (other than Mother Nature) to have set in place an emergency flow plan in case there would ever be a need. If that emergency plan is ever put into place, the flow of the water is reduced by the hydroelectric companies, which increases their intake.
The history of the Niagara Falls located in the Niagara Parks is a long and storied one. From the ice age and whirlpool rapids to the attempts made by humans to travel over them, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more interesting environment to learn about.
Photo Credit: Niagra Falls Alive
There is a vast amount of information available to anyone who might be interested in learning more about Niagara Falls, and many are. But “Niagara Falls Alive” lists a few facts that might be of interest to the masses, if not only for their variety and shock value! Here are a few:
- The flow over the American Falls was stopped completely for several months in 1969. The idea was to determine the feasibility of removing a large amount of loose rock from the base of the falls to enhance its appearance. In the end, the final decision was that the expense would be too great.
- The word “Niagara” is derived from the Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” meaning “the strait”
- There is an international boundary between the United States and Canada.
- Before the invention of film, tourists would sketch pictures of the Falls.
- The flow was also halted over both falls on March 30th, 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river.
- The movies Niagara and Superman were filmed in part at the Falls.
- In the past ten years, two Daredevils lost their lives trying to conquer Niagara.
- In the evenings, intense spotlights bathe the falls with different shades of color.
- The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a 63-year-old female schoolteacher.
- High wire tightrope acts used to be performed across the river. Most notably was “Blondin” who once actually carried his manager across on his back, stopping midway to rest!
- The Falls make a tremendous sound as the water goes over and lands at the bottom.
- Twenty percent of the world’s freshwater lies in the Great Lakes, and most flows over Niagara Falls.