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World’s Tallest Waterfalls

by nicopole on 12/08/09 at 3:48 am

“People will pay more to be living farther up in the air, with a spectacular view of downtown and the waterfall.”

~ David Frank.

A waterfall is a permanent flow of water over the edge of an erosion-resistant cliff. I’m sure that this definition sounds very unattractive, in contrast with the splendor of the breathtaking views of water falling over steep cliffs. Below you can find out what beauty nature has to offer in its tallest waterfalls.

1. The tallest waterfall in the World is Angel Falls located in the Canaima National Park, in the Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State, Venezuela. The indigenous name is Parakupa-vena or Kerepakupai merú and means the fall from the highest point.

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Total Height

3212 feet

979 meters

Clear Drop

2648 feet

807 meters

Waterfall Type

Plunge cascade

Average Width

350 feet

107 meters

Watercourse

Rio Gauja

Continent

South America

Country

Venezuela

Specific Location

Auyan Tepui

(image source: weboid)

2. Tugela Falls is the world’s second highest waterfall. It is situated in the Drakensberg (Dragon’s Mountains) in the Royal Natal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal Province, Republic of South Africa.

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Total Height

3110 feet

948 meters

Clear Drop

1350 feet

411 meters

Waterfall Type

Tired

Average Width

50 feet

15 meters

Watercourse

Tugela River

Continent

Africa

Country

South Africa

Specific Location

Mount Aux Sources

(image source : world-waterfalls)

3. Three Sisters Falls (Cataratas las Tres Hermanas) in the country’s Ayacucho region and its height reaches 3000 feet (914 meters). The name comes from it’s three separate tiers.

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Total Height

3000 feet

914 meters

Clear Drop

Waterfall Type

Tired

Average Width

40 feet

12 meters

Continent

South America

Country

Peru

Specific Location

Rio Cutivireni

(image source: weboid)

4. The fourth-highest waterfall is called Olo’upena Falls and is situated in Molakai Island part pf Hawaii. Compared to other waterfalls its width is pretty thin but it compensates with its colossal height of 2953 feet (900 meters).

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Total Height

2953 feet

900 meters

Clear Drop

unknown

unknown

Waterfall Type

Tired

Average Width

variable

variable

Continent

Oceania

Country

USA

Specific Location

Olo’upena

(image source : howstuffworks)

5. Peru is on this list with another waterfall Yumbilla Falls, one of South America’s most recent discoveries. Located in the Amazon region of the country Yumbilla Falls is a tiered waterfall, with four large drops.

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Total Height

2938 feet

896 meters

Clear Drop

unknown

unknown

Waterfall Type

Tired

Average Width

unknown

unknown

Continent

South America

Country

Peru

Specific Location

Amazonas

6. The sixth place on the list is occupied by Vinnufossen a waterfall on the river Vinnu located in the region of Møre og Romsdal, Norway. The waterfall is not officially measured but it is estimated to be 2822 feet (860 meters) in height.

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Metric

Total Height

2822 feet

860 meters

Clear Drop

1378 feet

420

Waterfall Type

Tired

Watercourse

Vinnu

Continent

Europe

Country

Norway

Specific Location

Sundalen

(image source : wikipedia)

7. The Baläifossen can be found in Norway (Hordaland, Ulvik), near the city of Osa. It’s 850 meter height is enough for 7th place in the list of World’s tallest waterfalls.

(image source: weboid)

8. The 8th largest waterfall in the world, Pu’uka’oku Falls checks in at 2756 (840m) feet tall, and is located on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. The north cliffs of this island have the tallest sea cliffs in the world. Any stream that drops over these cliffs will fall thousands of feet into the sea.

9. James Bruce Falls is the highest measured waterfall in the continent of North America and 9th tallest in the world. Located in Princess Louisa Provincial Marine Park in British Columbia, Canada, it has 2,755 feet (840 m).

10. The 10th highest waterfall is Browne Falls situated in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. The source is Lake Browne, a tarn 836 meters above sea level which overflows down the side of the mountain face when it is full.

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3 Comments

Arhimede

Feb 12th, 2010

Very interesting article, keep up the good work

tutori

Nov 11th, 2010

Awesome, your article is very interesting to observe. The beauty of a waterfall tourist attraction it deserves to be discussed.

McKay

Dec 3rd, 2011

Very interesting article and thanks for compiling these photos.

I just visiting #9, James Bruce Waterfalls, while trekking in the area in September and took this shot of the falls from straight on. Thought you’d be interested. I didn’t even know at the time it was a record-breaking falls.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mckaysavage/6444796789/

Cheers!

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