Curtain No. 1

In Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Checking out how small the people in this photo are compared to the curtain-like drop of water at one section of Niagara Falls, gives a sense of how large the waterfall system is. Even so, it is “only” about 170 feet tall, which pales in comparison to Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s tallest single-drop waterfall, at over 3,200 feet. While Niagara doesn’t even crack the world’s top 20 in terms of height, it still makes the top 10 in terms of volume of water that passes over its edges (over 2,400 cubic meters per second). This concentration of so much water over a comparatively short-ish height is what makes its power so hard to forget once you see and hear it.

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