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8 Mesmerizing Facts About Niagara Falls

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The Niagara Falls measure approximately 57 metres (188 feet) in height. More than 700,000 gallons of water per second pour over Niagara Falls, rushing over at about 25 miles per hour, Which makes it the largest waterfall in America not by height but width and volume

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The fact that we refer to Niagara Falls as falls lead many to believe that its one giant waterfall, when in fact, there are three. It consists of 3 separate waterfalls; Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

More than 8 million visitors explore Niagara Falls State Park annually, coming from all over the world.

When Niagara Falls went dry...

1969, the US Army Corps of Engineers built dams which stopped the water flow over the American Falls. This was done to allow a study of the rock formations at the bottom. In the end, the engineers abandoned the project.

 The only time Falls has technically frozen solid was on March 29, 1848, when Lake Erie froze and created an ice dam that prevented water from reaching the falls. The flow was stopped enough that  people actually walked out onto the Falls.

The first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel was a woman. On October 24th, 1901 Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over the Horseshoe Falls in a barrel and survived without a broken bone

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fish do plunge over the Falls, and it’s estimated that almost all of them survive, thanks to their ability to flow with the water.

Fish do survive going over the falls

Back in 1885, Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse created the world’s first hydroelectric power plant in Niagara Falls. These days, the Falls are capable of generating 4 million kilowatts of electricity

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