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Oct122017

The World's Most Amazing  Waterfalls

Waterfalls are one of Earth's simple pleasures. A simple case of physics, combining water and gravity, resulting in this tremendous landmark. There are so many beautiful waterfalls all over the world, and here we look at the top 5.

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

This waterfall is special because it can easily be viewed from 360˚, visitors are able to walk behind the waterfall itself into a small cave and view the surrounding landscape from inside the waterfall! The fall is around 60m in total and is part of the Seljalands River. It is located in the south of the country and is a 2 hour drive from the capital city of Reykjavik; there are many tour routes around Iceland that include visits to Seljalandsfoss.

Flickr | Jeremy BrooksAngel falls, Venezuela

This waterfall is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world; it consists of a main drop of around 570m as well as a cascade of around 400m down a rock face. The main falls drop off the edge of the Auyan-tepui Mountain and the falls are part of a tributary of the Carrao River. In order to visit this beautiful site you must travel by air, as the falls are surrounded by dense rainforest. It is best to visit this waterfall during the rainy season, as it is much more impressive, during the dry season the falls are reduced to almost nothing.

Flickr | Bo SternVictoria falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

This giant waterfall lies on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and is considered to be the largest waterfall anywhere on earth. While there are waterfalls that are higher than Victoria and others that are wider, Victoria falls has the greatest combined height (108 metres) and width (1,708 metres), making it the largest falling sheet of water in the world. The falls act as a natural barrier between the ecosystems of the upper and lower Zambezi River, with the river below the falls containing 39 species of fish and the river above the falls being home to 89 species.

Flickr | Matthew SingletonBan Gioc waterfall, Vietnam

These falls are situated in a magical setting, surrounded by lush green forest and towering mountains. The falls are close to the border between China and Vietnam and the water that flows over them is the Quay Son River. During the rainy season, large amounts of spray are emitted from the falls and it is said that the crashing of the water into the river below can be heard for miles. These falls are particularly beautiful due to the fact that the water cascades down several different levels of rock.

Flickr | buianhhaHavasu falls, U.S.A.

This waterfall is located within the Grand Canyon in Arizona; hence it cuts through the canyon’s characteristic bright orange rock and plunges into a contrasting blue pool of water below. The water in these pools is incredibly blue; this is due to the minerals that are dissolved in the water reflecting sunlight. The appearance of these falls has change over the years due to frequent flash flooding in the area changing the formation of the rocks. Several guided tours are on offer to hike to the falls and take several days to complete.

Flickr | Andy WithersSo, there you have it! 5 beautiful waterfalls to add to your bucket list and explore on your travels!

By Gabrielle Brooks - Online Journalism Intern

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