Facts About Niagara Falls

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  • The Niagara Falls are located on the border of Ontario, Canada and New York, USA.

  • On October 24, 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
  • The Niagara Falls are made up of 3 waterfalls, the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls.
  • The Niagara River is about 58 kilometres (36 mi.) in length and is the natural outlet from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.
  • In 1969, an earthen dam was built across the head of the American Rapids, dewatering the American Falls. For six months, geologists and engineers studied the rock face and the effects of erosion. It was determined that it would be too costly to remove rock at the base of the American Falls, and that nature should take its course.
  • The Falls at Niagara are about 12,000 years old.
  • Niagara Falls are the second largest falls in the world next to Victoria Falls in Southern Africa. The highest falls in the world are “Angel Falls” in Venezuela, measuring 979 m (3212 ft) high. What makes Niagara Falls so spectacular is the combination of their height and volume.
  • Water painting artists embraced this City’s natural wonders as a source for their artistic inspirations – there exists hundreds of these early impressions – consult your local library for reference to these early images.
  • The Horseshoe Falls has frozen over once, but the American Falls have frozen over 6 times.
  • Deepest section of Niagara River: 52 m (170 ft), just below The Falls.

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