The power and outstanding beauty of water is incredible. From glasslike calm to deadly currents, it remains one of the world’s most unpredictable forces. Over the course of millions of years, it has carved much of the landscape we know. Its breathtaking immensity remains a mystery to us. We have traveled further into space than we have into our own oceans.
Tumbling over cliffs, sinking away from rivers, plummeting out of lakes — waterfalls are a natural wonder that reminds us of the immense beauty and power water has on this planet. Seeing a waterfall is an awe-inspiring and humbling experience that reminds us the world we live on is a shared space.
Here is a list of some of the most outstanding waterfalls:
1. Victoria Falls, Zambia
Don’t let the calm surface of the Zambezi River fool you. With mist thicker than air, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. Don’t forget your raincoat!
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2. Angel Falls, Venezuela
At 3,212 feet high, it is said that the water of Angel Falls evaporates before it reaches the bottom. Regardless of whether or not that’s true, it’s a truly awe-inspiring sight on a clear day.
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3. Niagara Falls, Canada/USA
Formed by glaciers at the end of the last ice age, Niagara Falls are renowned for their sheer power. If you can get past all the tourists, it’s worth a visit.
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4. Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Comprised of between 150 and 300 waterfalls, the Iguazu Falls tumbles into the Devil’s Throat, a narrow chasm. While a beautiful sight from land, it is truly astonishing to view from above.
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