Ice Bridge at Base of Niagara Falls

February 21, 2014


: Thomas Heyer
Summary Authors: Thomas Heyer; Jim Foster

After weeks of bitter cold temperatures in the Great Lakes region during early 2014, an ice bridge formed at the base of the American Falls on the Niagara River. Over the past 150 years, numerous rockfalls have piled up beneath the falls and as shown above have completely iced over. The falls actually freeze most every winter, but the cold weather this winter rivals that of February 1979 when 95 percent of the Great Lakes were covered with ice. The American Falls are 1,060 feet (323 m) wide and approximately 176 ft (54 m) at their highest point. Goat Island is at right and the city of Niagara Falls, New York, is in the background. The much larger volume of water flowing over the adjacent Horseshoe Falls (not shown), on the other side of Goat Island, prevents these falls from freezing. Photo taken on February 12, 2014.

Photo details: Camera Model: Canon EOS REBEL T3i; Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II; Focal Length: 39mm; Aperture: f/8.0; Exposure Time: 0.0013 s (1/800); ISO equiv: 200.