Aerial View of Iguassu Falls

February 17, 2004


Provided by: Christopher Meyer
Summary authors & editors: Christopher Meyer; Jim Foster

This spectacular view of the Iguassu Falls was captured from a helicopter in March of 2003. These falls are located on the Brazilian/Argentinian border in Iguassu National Park. The source of the Iguassu River is in the Santa Catarina province of southeastern Brazil. After flowing west-northwest for several hundred km, the Iguassu abruptly drops 80 m (260 ft), forming these picturesque waterfalls. Less than 50 km (30 miles) downstream, the Iguassu empties into the Parana River. This photo shows the entire width of the Falls (approximately 3 km or 2 miles wide), the second widest waterfall in the world. See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for December 5, 2003, which presents a different view of the Iguassu Falls.

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