American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the Niagara River
September 26, 2009
Photographer: Anne Keller
Summary Author: Anne Keller; Jim Foster
The photo above shows a spectacular view of the American and Bridal Veil Falls on the Niagara River, which serves as the border between New York and Ontario, Canada. Niagara Falls consists of the American Falls (center) and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls (right center) as well as the more expansive Horseshoe, or Canadian Falls (not shown). Combined, they’re the most voluminous waterfalls in North America. The American and Bridal Veil Falls stand approximately 188 ft high (57 m) from the top of the falls to the surface of the river below, span 1,060 ft (323 m), and the flow over this prominent dolomite and shale precipice can exceed 200,000 cubic feet (5,700 m3) per second. Because they’re so breathtaking and proximate to major urban centers in eastern North America, Niagara Falls is perhaps the most visited waterfalls in the world. Photo taken in August 2009 from the top of the Skylon Towers in Niagara Falls, Canada.