Top Interesting Facts About Niagara Falls
In 1969, the flow over the American Falls was absolutely stopped for several months. The aim was to assess the feasibility of extracting the large quantity of loose rock from the falls base to improve its look. The final decision was, in the end, that the price would be too high.
The name ‘Niagara’ originates from the Iroquois Indian name ‘Onguiaahra’ meaning the strait.
The United States and Canada have an external border.
Tourists would draw pictures of the Falls before the advent of video.
Due to an ice jam in the upper river, the flow was also halted over both falls on March 30th 1848.
The films Niagara and Superman were partially filmed at the Falls.
Two daredevils have lost their lives in the last decade seeking to conquer Niagara.
Intense spotlights bathe the falls in different shades of colour during the evenings.
A 63-year-old female school teacher was the first person to cross the Falls in a barrel and survive.
Formerly high wire tightrope activities were conducted around the river. Most notably, it was’ Blondin’ who actually once pulled his boss on his back, stopping to rest at midway!
The Falls make a huge sound as the water overflows and lands downward.
In the Great Lakes lies twenty percent of the freshwater ecosystems, and much flows over Niagara Falls.
The massive triple waterfalls–Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls–are Canada-U.S. kissing point. Niagara Falls, Ont., lies on one side and Niagara Falls, New York, on the other. The world’s natural wonders are full of history, amusing facts and trivia. Here are a few of the best we could find here.
It’s a blow reloading.
It is North America’s largest waterfall but there are nearly 500 higher waterfalls around the world. However, Niagara’s three waterfalls create the highest flow rate on the planet from any waterfall–it could fill an Olympic sized swimming pool in half a second.
It is Heaven for a Daredevil.
Many daredevils, beginning with the Jean Francois Gravelet, who crossed Niagara Gorge in 1859, have made successful attempts to cross the gorge. A wire-walking craze emerged between 1859 and 1896 which resulted in frequent feats over the river below the falls. Only one man fell to his death, at night and under mysterious circumstances, at the place where his wire was anchored.
- In 1876 – Maria Spelterini, 23, became the first woman ever to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope. She made four to 18-day crossings, including one while blindfolded. Tightrope falls crossings ended in 1896, by law.
- In 2012 – 116 years later, high-wire artist Nik Wallenda, after obtaining special approval from both governments, crossed the falls. Unlike walkers who had crossed further downstream, Wallenda crossed near the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. That was the longest unsupported tightrope walk in history, according to Wallenda. On the journey, he brought his passport and was expected to show it on the Canadian side of the falls upon arrival.
It’s Fish Raining.
Fish also overfly the falls. Visitors on their way down the Cave of the Winds tour were trapped by them-so keep an eye out! Approximately 90 per cent of the fish survive the dropping.
It is a Fun Barrel.
Michigan school teacher Annie Edson Taylor, 63, walked over the falls in a barrel in 1901. She survived, bleeding but unharmed. It was meant as an advertising stunt but she said after exiting the barrel, “No one should ever do that again. Since then, there have been many attempts but others have not been so lucky.
It’s just Half the Flow.
Niagara Falls contains more than 28 million liters of water per second! While there is a lot of water falling down the falls, for human use about 50-75 percent of the water flowing in the Niagara River is diverted away. During summer less water is pumped to provide visitors with a better display, but it’s hard to imagine any more water than there is. It registered the peak flow over Horseshoe Falls at 225,000 cubic feet (6,400 m3) per second.
It’s history of the lord.
The Maid of the Mist is North America’s oldest tourist attraction-it made its first trip back in 1846. It goes much further than that though –the Falls were formed about 10,000 years ago by the glaciation of Wisconsin. The North American Great Lakes and the Niagara River were also created by the same forces.
It is Eroding (Slowly).
It is projected that the remaining 20 miles (32 km) to Lake Erie will have been destroyed 50 000 years from now, and the falls will cease to exist. The current erosion rate is around 1 foot (0.30 m) per year, down from a historical average of 3 feet (0.91 m) per annum.
The Link with Marilyn Monroe.
The Falls have been a honeymoon and tourist attraction for over 200 years but visits to Niagara rose sharply in 1953. This was the year of the release of the film ‘ Niagara,’ starring Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten.
Interesting Facts About Niagara Falls
- The water flowing over Niagara Falls originates from four of the five Great Lakes: Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior. The water flows down the Niagara River from the Falls to Lake Ontario, then to the St. Lawrence River and eventually the Atlantic Ocean.
- Originally, water streaming over Niagara Falls was 5.5 billion gallons per hour. But now half of that water is being diverted by the United States and Canada for oil.
- The average water depth under Niagara Falls is 170 feet, which is as deep as the high banks of the Niagara Gorge.
- Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls’ the Horseshoe Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls’ which overlap Canada’s and the United States ‘ international borders.
- Fish naturally migrate through the Falls and live about 90 per cent. Experts believe their fall is cushioned by white foam from rushing waters.
- Back in the 1800s, Niagara Falls was almost frozen solid and flew over the cliffs with just a slight trickle of water.
- Approximately 600,000 gallons of water move every second along Niagara Falls.
- Approximately 20 per cent of U.S. drinking water goes over Niagara Falls.
- Niagara Falls development is the product of glaciers.
- Sections of the movies ‘ Superman’ and’ Niagara’ were shot at Niagara Falls, with Marilyn Monroe starring.
These Are Some Most Interesting Facts About Niagara Falls
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