Have you ever noticed waterfalls in your area? Have you ever wondered about the thrill and adventure of waters falling from towering heights? If you have, then this should be the right piece for you to read. If you haven’t, it’s even more important for it would not just add to your general knowledge but also trigger you to think about the magnanimity of the geographical landscape of the earth.
Nature has decorated earth with many natural things, and waterfalls are one of its most wonderful expressions. It shall be wise, therefore, to take out some time and know about some of the greatest waterfalls falling on our planet.
The Angel Falls: Can you guess why the Angel Falls appears first in this list? Yes, you are right, the Angel Falls is the highest waterfall on the earth. Gaining a height of 32,12 ft (979 meters), this undisturbed waterfall will surely leave you stunned. Those who have had a look know how most of its water doesn’t even reach the ground in liquid form, for it disappears in a fine mist due to the strong force exerted by the continuous winds.
Victoria Falls: Situated near the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, this waterfall is located in the Southern part of Africa. Due to its spectacular width of 1.7 Km, it is sometimes referred to as the highest waterfall. However, it lags behind in its height which is 108 meters – much less than the Angel Falls. This waterfall is formed by Zambezi river which is the fourth largest river in African subcontinent. Zambeizi river has a sprawling area as it flows through six countries – Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
Gocta Cataracts: This waterfall would probably have remained unknown to the world if Stefan Ziemendorff, a German Engineer, had not gone for hunt pre-Incan ruins in this region. Ever since Ziemendorff discovered it, it has been enticing large sum of tourists to the city of Chachapoyas near which it is located. After its discovery, the Peruvian government has been making all kinds of efforts to make Gocta falls one of the most-sought waterfalls by tourists around the world. Thanks to Ziemendorff.
Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls could well be called as the most famous of all falls, for it attracts millions of tourists every year. Lying between Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York, this waterfall is divided into three falls – the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls. Most of the water of this fall is consumed by two hydroelectric stations that lie before it. Hence, the actual amount of the water keep varying, depending upon the consumption by the two hydroelectric plants.
Yosemite Falls: A part of Yosemite National Park in California, this waterfall gives a breathtaking view of huge mountains and many other picturesque locations. The existence as well as the beauty of this fall, however, is entirely dependent on the rainfall. It attains its maximum flow till the months of May and June, as there is enough rain, but starts warning when there is no downpour.
Blue Nile Falls: This waterfall is a pride of the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. It is also known as Tis Abay which means “smoking water”. The water falls so strongly in the rocks that the liquid turns into vapors and eventually smoke. Another good thing about Blue Nile Falls is its way, which is a rough terrain. But it is certainly adventurous, and one can enjoy several indigenous species of plants and insects.
Gullfoss: One of the most famous waterfalls of Iceland, Gullfoss in English can translate to “Golden Falls”. It is referred by this name as it gets a golden-brown colour on sunny days. Near the falls, there is a girl statue which perplexes many. It is believed that the statue has been installed to honour a girl who marched barefoot from Reykjavic to this fall to protest against the production of hydroelectricity projects which were using its waters. Gullfoss gets most of it water from glaciers and other rivers and tributaries.
Vermilion Falls: This waterfall might not have magnificent height like that of other waterfalls, but it has a sprawling width of 6000 feet which makes it a great looking waterfall. This waterfall can be accessed to get a closer look by taking some risky trails which are not maintained properly. Adventurous tourists often like to navigate through these rough trails rather than taking the usualy maintained a path to the waterfall. Nearby, there many other small waterfalls that enhance its beauty and splendour.
Huangguoshu: Like Europe, Asia too has some of the biggest waterfalls on the earth, and Huangguoshu, which measures 255 feet, is one of them. Unlike other waterfalls where proximity could be lethal, this waterfall safely allows tourists to have a closer glance. This fall can be seen from different locations which give an altogether different picture of the fall. The average temperature is around 16-degree centigrade, and it advisable to visit here during summers.
Thoseghar: We’ve mentioned waterfalls from all over the word. Now, you must be wondering about the absence of any Indian waterfall here. Well, Thoseghar is the highest waterfall in India. Located in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, this waterfall attracts throngs of tourists due its better connectivity.