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Transcript of Niagara Falls
Charles Dickens, 1842
Niagara Falls is located in the State of new York along the Canadian border.
Niagara Falls formed over 12,000 years ago, but it is thought that the formation took place hundreds of millions years in the past.
About two hundred years ago, the climate of the Earth changed causing the polar ice caps to expand and gauge the Great Lakes.
When the glaciers melted 12,000 years ago, the Great Lakes were formed along with Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls is the second largest waterfall in the world and actually made up of three separate falls that are located near each other.
The falls are actually a strait or a narrow passage of water that connects two large areas of water, combining Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, two of the five Great Lakes.
The water flowing over Niagara Falls flows at 32 feet per second. This causes the water to fall between 280 and 2,509 tons of force at the various falls.
This gives the falls the ability to create over 4 mln kilowatts of electricity, which is shared between Canada and the United States.
There are many legendary stories of individuals that attempted to go over the falls in a barrel. The first to survive the trip over the falls was Anne Taylor in 1901.