15 Facts About Niagara Falls / picture, image, drawing

Original image by MapleDude.Ca

Here are some interesting facts about Niagara Falls:

  • The Falls are NOT in Africa or South America;
  • It’s located between Canada and United States right on the border;
  • Niagara Falls are NOT one waterfall, there are three of them;
  • Niagara Falls are NOT the biggest or largest in the world, Inga Falls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are bigger, by height Niagara Falls is far from the tallest in the word, the tallest are Angel Falls in Venezuela (979 m.);
  • Its total height is 167 ft (51 m);
  • Average flow rate: 85,000 cu ft/s (2,400 m3/s);
  • There are two big international bridges between USA and Canada across the Welland Canal. One of them is called “the Rainbow Bridge”;
  • The power plants at Niagara Falls have the capacity to output is close to 4.9 million kilowatts, this natural phenomena is a great source of power and electricity;
  • There is a thing called “Over the falls”. It is when somebody does something above the falls, which is very dangerous;
  • MapleDude.Ca is just one of many which produced an original drawing featuring the Falls. They inspired many painters and creators;
  • There are two big casinos on the Canadian side of Niagara Fall which attract many players from US, Canada and other countries;
  • There were more than 29 millions tourists in 2009 who came to see this great place. The Falls are attracting a lot of visitors from all around the world;
  • The Falls partially freeze over in the winter;
  • The word “Niagara” is derived from the Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” meaning “the strait”;
  • The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a 63 year old female schoolteacher;

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