Saturday, October 29, 2016

Niagara Falls

One of the most impressive attractions in North America is of course Niagara Falls, which is located on the borders between the United States of America and Canada. There are actually two waterfalls here, the American Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the latter being the biggest one.

Niagara Falls were formed at the end of the Ice Age. Large torrents of water were released from the melting ice, draining into what is now the Niagara River. Therefore, Niagara Falls are about 12,000 years old.

The name Niagara derived from the Iroquois Indian word ‘Onguiaahra’ meaning ‘the strait.’ Some people have endeavoured to go over the Falls, which resulted in their death or their immortality, by achieving this daring attempt. The first person to over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a 63 year old female schoolteacher. 

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