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The Ultimate Mist
Did you know that approximately twenty percent of our freshwater lies in the Great Lakes, while most flows over Niagara Falls? Also, are you familiar with the fact that the Niagara river is the drainage outlet for the four upper Great Lakes, which are Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie, having an aggregated basin area of some 260,000 square miles (673,000 square km)? Flowing in a northerly direction from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, a distance of about 35 miles (56 hm), the Niagara River constitutes part of the boundary between United States and Canada, separating western New York State from southeastern Ontario, Canada.
There, located on the Niagara River, is the area of Niagara Falls, which is consisted of three major cataracts: the Horseshoe, or Canadian Falls, the American Falls, on the US side, and its smaller adjacent, the Bridal Veil Falls. The Goat Island, New York, separates the big Horseshoe waterfall from its smaller competitor, the American Falls.
Standing in either side of the international boarder between Canada and the US, one can admire the unbelievable scenery of the water falling between 70 and 170 feet down from the Falls. Not surprisingly, the water evaporating into the air creates a beautiful mist that receives frequent admiration sounds when the sunlight passing through the tiny water drops creates beautiful multiple rainbows. People are traveling great distances to get a chance to be surrounded by one of the most eye-pleasing mists on this planet, especially when the humidity is actually totally bearable. Lured by the exciting view, millions of tourists every year visit the parks located in either side of the river, go up to observation towers, travel with boats, or stop by one of the bridges located nearby Niagara Falls.
But neither the feeling, nor the opportunity to admire the spectacular view would exist, if some concerned individuals have not stepped forward to protest against the increasing number of commercial venues that threatened the natural beauty of the area and led visitors to pay an X amount of money before they were able to see one of the greatest natural phenomena on the face of the earth. But, public dissatisfaction led to the “Free Niagara” movement, which quickly gained support from well-known personalities of the time and made the state of New York in 1885 purchase land from developers under the charter of the Niagara Reservation State Park. Ontario, followed New York’s example and during the same year, the Queen Victoria Niagara Falls Park was also established. Due to those organization’s tremendous help, the area of the Niagara Falls managed to stay free from private interests and was preserved for future generations to visit.
About the Author: John Gibb is the owner of Niagra Falls resources
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