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Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls Facts and Statistics 167 feet/52 meters high
670 meters wide
168 000 meters2 (amount of water)
2832 meters3 (volume)
87% of the water falls over the Horseshoe Falls

formed over 1400 years ago
formed from glaciers of Wisconsin glaciation,
also known as the last ice age
The great lakes carved a path through the Niagara Escarpment on their way to the Atlantic ocean. The Niagara Falls mainly consists of two falls, the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, and the American Falls on the U.S. side. This is a picture of the Niagara at night.
Did you know it lights up? Famous Stories/Triumphs
Jay Cochrane 58 years old Canadian man
completed 66m walk, on tightrope
8 minutes
In Niagara Falls region
tightrpoe was 5/8 of an inch wide
cold wind 27km/hr Annie Taylor 1901 went over the falls in a
first to survive plunge
46 year old school teacher
on her birthday Roger Woodward age seven
1st to survive Horseshoe Falls w/o a protective capsule
Fathers co-worker Jim Honeycutt died
his sister was pulled out just before he went over Kirk Jones
went over Falls purposely in 2003
charged with stunting and found guilty of criminal mischief
violating Niagara parks act (suicide attempt)
History 12 000 years ago first people in Niagara region
different type of land Iroquois and Clovis people
Europeans came in 17th century
Niagara Falls in winter! once in March 1848
for 30 hours ice blocked source of Niagara river
stopped water flow In a cold extended winter
hard ice crusts over parts of falls
can reach thickness of 50 feet
not frozen solid
water flows under Maid of the Mist a legend of the falls
First Nations always sent people to explore Niagara river and never came back
sacrificed a pretty maiden every year
one year Lelawala the chief's daughter was sacrificed...

a man also jumped into the Falls
in March of 2009, but his identity
was not revealed. Many more people have ventured over the falls. Some make it and some don't. Land made up of Tundra and Spruce forest
used to be mostly woods
farmed corn, squash, beans
hunted in winter
built small villages
Today it is known as a tourist attraction to all people!
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