The World's Largest Iguazu Waterfall - World Wonder of Nature

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Iguazu Falls Images, Iguassu Falls, or Iguacu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of the Brazilian state of Parana and the Argentine province of Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu Falls Map is one of the seven forgotten natural wonders of the world and one of the seven wonders.

Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Nalpi, who fled with her mortal lover Taroba in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. The first European to find the falls was the Spanish Conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541, after whom one of the falls in the Argentine side is named.

The falls were rediscovered by Boselli at the end of the nineteenth century, and one of the Argentinian falls is named after him. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometres of the Iguazu falls airport River.

Some of the individual falls are up to 82 metres in height, though the majority are about 64 metres. The Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat in English), a U-shaped 150 metre wide and 700 metre long cliff, is the most imbressive of all, and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. Two thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory. About 900 metres of the 2.7 kilometre length does not have water flowing over it. The edge of the basalt cap recedes only 3 mm per year.

The water falling over Iguazu in peak flow has a surface area of about whilst Victoria in peak flow has a surface area of over 1.8 million feet. By comparison, Nia arahas a surfa e area of under 600,000 feet. Victoria's annual peak flow is also greater than Iguazu's annual peak, though in times of extreme flood the two have recorded very similar maximum water discharge.

Niagara's annual peak flow is about 2800 meter by second, although an all time peak of 6800 has been recorded, Iguazu and Victoria fluctuate more greatly in their flow rate. Mist rises between 30 and 150 meter from Iguazu's Garganta do Diabo, and over 1,000 feet above Victoria. Also see bueno aires to Iguazu Falls.

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