The majesty of Niagara Falls is something that's difficult to describe in words.
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 of it flows over the Niagara Falls.
Despite the fact that it's one of the most popular and iconic destinations in both the United States and Canada, you might not know all of the below facts about Niagara Falls.
Read on to say 'Oh really?!'
The Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. These waterfalls are American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls. The entire waterfalls originate in the Niagara River, which stretches 36 miles from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.
The three waterfalls combine to produce the highest flow rate of any waterfall on earth.
Niagara Falls is the largest waterfall in North America in terms of both width and volume, but there are nearly 500 waterfalls around the world that are higher, such as the 1600 ft Ribbon Fall in Yosemite.
Niagara Falls was formed as a result of glacial activity. Melting glacial ice emptied into the Niagara River, cut across the topography, and gouged out the falls. The features that became Niagara Falls were created by the Wisconsin glaciation about 10,000 years ago.
The first eyewitness documentation was Father Louis Hennepin, who saw the Falls during a 1678 expedition, and later returned to France and published a book, A New Discovery, which documented the overwhelming impression the Falls made on him.
In 1885, New York Governor David B. Hill signed legislation creating the Niagara Reservation, widely agreed to be the first state park in both New York and the United States.
Scientists believe the Falls would be entirely eroded in another 50,000 years. Make sure you visit the magnanimous visual treat at least once in your lifetime.
By the late 19th century, the area had become known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World. Today more than 12 million people visit the Falls and the surrounding areas each summer. The Maid of the Mist boat tour is a favorite among the visitors known to take into the basin of Horseshoe Falls, and a trip 175 feet down to the very edge of the Bridal Veil Falls.
The first to attempt to plummet the dangerous falls was by a 63-year-old widow Annie Edson Taylor. Desperately poor, Taylor visited the Falls in 1901, in an attempt to become rich and famous. She made a smart choice of going over Horseshoe Falls in a barrel she designed herself. The barrel set adrift in the Niagara River and went over the falls 20 minutes later. Although she survived the plunge, Taylor cautioned "Don't try it" to other potential daredevils, and she never made the fortune she dreamed of, dying penniless in 1921.
From Marilyn Monroe to 1980's Superman II to Pirates of the Caribbean, Niagara Falls is a famous shooting spot. Incidentally, Monroe's 1953 movie 'Niagara' greatly earned the Falls its due popularity.
The first hydroelectric station was built on the Niagara River in 1881. By 1896, the plant was able to transmit electricity 26 miles away to Buffalo, one of the most significant events in the history of alternating current. Today the plant generates 2.4 million kilowatts of power and is the fourth largest hydroelectric power plant in the United States.
Every year, between 20 and 25 people commit suicide at the Falls; over 5,000 bodies have been recovered from the bottom of the Falls since 1850.
Daredevils found guilty are fined upto $10,000 plus the cost of the rescue.
Do you know an average American residence would need 7 1/2 years to use the same amount of water that flows over the Niagara Falls in one second (750,000 gallons)?
That was all about some lesser known facts about the majestic Niagara Falls.
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