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Niagara Falls – The [Unofficial] Seventh Wonder of the World

Niagara Falls has long been referred to as a ‘Wonder of the World’ by visitors, historians, conservationists and others for hundreds of years. The awe and wonder surrounding Niagara Falls go far beyond the staggering amount of water flowing over it, the hydroelectric power it creates, or even its scenic views. Rather, what makes Niagara Falls special is that it's a natural wonder designed and existing through the grace of a higher power.

Many do not know that Niagara Falls is actually a collection of three waterfalls; the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls.

Although overshadowed by its two neighboring falls, the Bridal Veil Falls is nevertheless noteworthy. The smallest of the three waterfalls, the Bridal Veil Falls is located on Luna Island on the America side of the falls. The Bridal Veil Falls is similar in appearance to the American Falls except that it is smaller with a crest of 56 feet wide and a direct fall of 78 feet. The total

vertical drop is 181 feet.

The American Falls reached roughly 1,060 feet across with an average drop of 175 feet. On a per second basis, about 75,758 gallons go over the American Falls.

The largest of the three waterfalls, the Horseshoe Falls is referred to as the most powerful waterfall in the entire world. The Horseshoe Falls has a drop of about 175-185 feet and extends 2,600 feet. On a per second basis, about 681,750 gallons of water go over the Horseshoe Falls, which accounts for 90% of the water going over Niagara Falls. What makes the Horseshoe Falls truly special, however, is that it touches both the American and Canadian borders, which is why it is commonly referred to as the ‘Canadian Falls’.

Although there is no official 'wonders of the world list', Niagara Falls has long been referred to as the seventh wonder of the world by tourists and locals alike.

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