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14 of the World's Most Dramatic Waterfalls

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by Hal Amen Jan 6, 2015

Waterfalls are formed wherever water meets a vertical drop. When you see a waterfall you’re actually witnessing powerful change in effect.

Due to constant erosion, waterfalls slowly “eat” their way upstream.

What are the most dramatic falls you’ve encountered on your travels?

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Angel Falls, Venezuela

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Salto Del Angel, better known to English speakers as Angel Falls, is considered the highest in the world at 979 metres.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland

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This picturesque 60 metre plunge has appeared on the likes of The Amazing Race. Hikers get a kick out of the trail that leads behind the falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Victoria forms the “largest sheet of falling water in the world”. Its extent is so great that it helps to have a view from the air.

Victoria Falls, Zambia

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Yosemite Falls, California

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One of the most photogenic falls in California’s Yosemite National Park, and that’s saying a lot.

Kaieteur Falls, Guyana


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Though neither the tallest nor the widest, Kaieteur’s combination of height and volume makes it one of the world’s most powerful falls.

Takakkaw Falls, Canada

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Takakkaw is one of the star attractions of British Columbia’s Yoho National Park.

Tad Fan twin waterfalls, Laos

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Twin chutes of water plummet into a jungle gorge just beyond the balconies of the Tad Fane resort.

Niagara Falls, USA/Canada

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Niagara needs no introduction.

Barron Falls, Australia

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Only a trickle for much of the year, the Barron Falls roar after a hearty rainy-season downpour.

Glacial waterfall in Queulat National Park, Chile

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Sensitive environmentalists, avert your eyes. This one might as well be taken straight from a climate change poster.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

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There are 275 separate falls along this 2.7km stretch of the Iguazu River. Yeah, they’re awesome. Check out the view from above (below) for a better idea of how gigantic the falls are.

Iguazu Falls from above, Argentina/Brazil

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Murchison Falls, Uganda

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According to one of Matador Network’s readers, Murchison Falls “are not that high, but the Nile funnels through a tiny gap of only a few metres. The force generated is enough to knock hippos off their feet and sweep them down the falls (and presumably into the gaping mouths of the waiting crocodiles)!”

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