Here are some great Niagara Falls facts that may astound you and your friends.
Did you know that water flows over the falls at a speed of 28,317,000litres/sec or 100,000 cubic ft/sec during the height of tourist season? Compare that to a fireman's hose that forces water at 10,500 cubic ft/sec. The powerful falls could light up 24 million 100 watt light bulbs at once, or fill 50 Olympic sized swimming pools every minute!
Did you know the Canadian Horseshoe Falls crest line is approximately 670m(2,200ft) wide? It drops about 57m(188ft) into the Lower Niagara River. The American and Bridal Veil Falls have a total crest line of about 326m(1,100ft). It drops about 57m(188ft). The broken rock at the bottom of the American and Bridal Veil Falls is called talus. This talus reduces the interrupted fall of the water to as little as 21m(70ft).
Did you know the location of Niagara Falls in terms of where the water comes from and where it ends up? The water flows from Lake Erie to the Niagara River to Lake Ontario down the St. Lawrence River and ends up in the Atlantic Ocean.
Now those are some cool Niagara Falls facts.
Did you know that if you see a brown foam at the base of Niagara Falls it is nothing to worry about? As we learned previous the water comes from Lake Erie and the basin of Lake Erie is very shallow. The brown foam that is sometimes at the bottom of Niagara Falls is the clay deposits that have been carried over the falls.
Did you know that Niagara Falls has eroded 7 miles over 12,500 years? The falls was originally located at Queenston/Lewiston.
Did you know that the plunge pool at the base of the Horseshoe Falls is the deepest point on the Niagara River at 52m(170ft) deep? That is as high as the Niagara Falls themselves. Some of these facts on Niagara Falls are truly incredible. This one especially blew my mind.
Did you know that 90% of the water flowing from the Niagara River flows over the Horseshoe Falls? Goat Island separates the water from going over the American/Bridal Veil Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Did you know that a man named Charles Blondin walked over Niagara Falls on a tight rope? It sounds crazy, but he did it several times and several different ways.
Did you know that 100% of the Horseshoe Falls is in Canada and 100% of the American and Bridal Veil Falls is located in the United States?
Did you know that the island separating the American and Bridal Veil Falls is called Luna Island. One of my sons loves these Niagara Falls facts. He was especially interested in Luna Island, wondering how long before it erodes away.
Did you know there are 500 other waterfalls in the world taller than Niagara Falls? Some have little water flowing over them. The attraction of Niagara Falls is the amount and speed of the water.
Did you know that Niagara Falls froze once? It is true. In the mid 1800's Niagara Falls was reduce to a trickle.
Well these Niagara Falls facts sure did astound me. I was even more excited to share them with my kids to see their reactions. I think the favorite fact on Niagara Falls was the depth of the plunge pool underneath the Horseshoe Falls. That one really "wowed" them.
Below you will find a list with more interesting Niagara Falls facts. Enjoy.
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