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The power of water on the move is a sight to behold, especially in a plunging waterfall. Erosion plays a part in forming waterfalls, also called cascades, as do other geological forces. Big barriers to navigation, waterfalls are often a great source of hydroelectric power.

Investigate the many types of waterfalls in the world and take in their stunning beauty.

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The World’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls

The World’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls

You may want to go chasing some waterfalls to enjoy their breathtaking beauty. Check out these fantastic falls before you plan a trip to experience maximum velocity. More...

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Travel + Leisure
A Bird-Friendly Waterfall

A Bird-Friendly Waterfall

Catch a bird's-eye-view of Iguazu Falls, where vultures thrive and dusky swifts fly through the powerful cascade to build their nests. More...

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Discovery
Ancient Waterfalls

Ancient Waterfalls

Lakebed features show that water levels were once much lower in the Great Lakes. See how scientists found evidence of giant waterfalls that roared over cliffs 8,000 years ago. More...

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National Geographic
Fishing at Victoria Falls

Fishing at Victoria Falls

Just feet from the dramatic drop of Victoria Falls, fishermen rely on their skills and bravery to make a living. Even crocodiles do not venture here. Dare to look? More...

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BBC
How Waterfalls Work

How Waterfalls Work

Cataracts, plunge, punchbowl, horsetail, and more…they’re all types of waterfalls. Investigate how they formed, as well as what makes them all the same — and different. More...

Article
HowStuffWorks
Learn About United States Waterfalls

Learn About United States Waterfalls

Waterfalls are a worldwide phenomenon. And if you live in the United States, you can use this map to find out about falls near you. More...

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Geology.com
Observe River Erosion Creating Waterfalls and Chasms

Observe River Erosion Creating Waterfalls and Chasms

A river runs over it. Watch how erosion and the plunge of a waterfall create a chasm, or opening in the ground’s surface. More...

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McDougal Littell
Q & A: Waterfalls - Frozen in Motion!

Q & A: Waterfalls - Frozen in Motion!

Frozen! A waterfall can freeze even though it’s a fast-flowing phenomenon. Investigate dropping temperatures and molecules moving more slowly. More...

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Waterfalls - Yosemite National Park

Waterfalls - Yosemite National Park

Home to countless waterfalls big and small, Yosemite National Park experiences peak flow during spring, thanks to snowmelt. Discover when to visit and what to look for when you go. More...

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National Park Service

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