One of the best gifts of nature is considered to be Niagara Falls. The Niagara Falls are not only famous for their breathtaking beauty but also as a major source of hydroelectric power generation. As we know, Niagara Falls is situated in both the United States of America and Canada. The falls attract a huge number of tourists from all over the world because of its enchanting beauty.
Some of the interesting Niagara Falls facts are:
FactÂ 1. Niagara Falls State Park was founded in 1885 and is known to be the oldest state park in the USA.
FactÂ 2. The beautiful Niagara Falls, as we see it today, is a result of the retreat of glaciers. The falls were formed as a result of the slow movement of glaciers and the fresh water of the newly created Great Lakes.
FactÂ 3. Â Niagara Falls is called by three different names based on its location. The falls between Prospect Point and Luna Island are called the American Falls. The falls between Luna Island and Goat Island are known as Bridal Veil Falls. The easternmost falls between Goat Island and Table Rock are known as the Canadian Falls.
FactÂ 4. The landscape of Niagara Falls was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
FactÂ 5. The Niagara frontier area was covered with continental glaciers approximately two miles thick during the Ice Age which was about 1.7 million years ago.
FactÂ 6. The amount of water flowing over Niagara Falls is estimated to be 3,160 tons/sec.
FactÂ 7. The Niagara River at the lower end is a home to the endangered Sturgeon species.
FactÂ 8. Louis Hennepin is believed to be the first person to discover and describe the beauty of Niagara Falls in 1678.
FactÂ 9. Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Huron together form the Niagara River constituting one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply.
Fact 10. Niagara Falls is also known for electric power generation. In 1896 it was the first time in history that alternating power was transmitted successfully from the Adams Power Plant in Niagara Falls, NY to Buffalo, NY.