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Iguazu Falls and National Park
Transcript of Iguazu Falls and National Park
The Iguassu falls, and national park are located in South America, and were one of the most visited landmarks in 2012.
Located on the boarder of Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones, the falls are divided amongst the 2 countries, 80% falling in Argentina, 20% in Brazil.
It is said that upon seeing Iguassu, the United States' First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!"
In comparison, the Iguassu falls are 3 times the size (height) of Niagra falls, and stretch for 2.7 kilometers, creating a total of about 300 individual falls.
Union Fall is Iguazu' largest cataract, and is nearly in the center of "The Devils Throat" the U-shape plateau in the center of the falls.
There are 3 different official spellings for the name of the falls. Internationally known as Iguazu, refered to by Argentinians as Iguazu and refered to by Brazilians as Iguacu
The tallest falls are up to 300 feet tall
The water flows at a rate of nearly 1800 Liters per second
The first European to find the falls was the Spanish Conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541, after whom one of the falls in the Argentine side is named.
About 900 meters of the 2.7-kilometer length does not have water flowing over it. Making it the 2nd largest set of falls in the world.
The edge of the basalt cap recedes only 3 mm (0.1 in) per year.
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