Niagara Falls in the winter

If you think that the Falls are impressive in any other time of the year in winter they have their most unforgiving and scary look. This is the time when you can really tell that mother nature is not some force to deal lightly with.

This year there wasn’t that much snow but between the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls you can see the river covered with ice formed just from the foam of the water and the mist that surrounds the place.

And it is even more impressive when you learn that the amount of water that goes trough the Falls is being  controled. If this didn’t happen the erosion provoked by the water would make the Falls recede about a meter pear year. Can you imagine the Horseshoe Falls moving back at least 10 meters in the next 10 years?

Actually in March of 1848 something bizarre happened, the Horseshoe Falls just stopped.

As explained at the Niagara Parks website :

For thirty long, silent hours, the river dried up and those who were brave enough walked or rode horses over the rock floor of the channel.  Then, with a roar that shook the foundations of the earth, a solid wall of water, cresting to a great height, curled down the channel and crashed over the brink of the precipice. Niagara was back in business to the immense relief of everyone. News traveled slowly in those days but the explanation finally came. High winds set the ice fields of Lake Erie in motion and millions of tons of ice became lodged at the source of the river, blocking the channel completely until finally a shift in the forces of nature released it and the pent up weight of water broke through.

These are the amazing Falls indeed.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Real Me
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 11:52:32

    Wow! Looks so cold and quite frightening.

    Reply

  2. Kari
    Feb 05, 2010 @ 21:19:08

    The pictures are amazing! It looks so treacherous but beautiful in winter. How cold is it in your area right now?

    Reply

  3. Emily Perkins
    Feb 27, 2010 @ 16:51:28

    The Niagara Falls area has to be my favorite vacation destination. Each year that I visit I discover new things that I fall in love with.

    Reply

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