If you haven’t yet known how waterfalls are formed let me take you back to geography lesson 101. Waterfalls more often are formed in the upper stages of a river since the river here flows on different bands of rock.
Normally when a river flows on a band of hard rock and soft rock through the process of hydraulic action and abrasion the soft rock is eroded faster than the hard rock.as the speed of the river increases the erosion occurs more causing a vertical erosion which triggers a vertical drop. The height and the number of waterfalls in a river is usually influenced by the type of rocks that the water erodes.
With all that send and know that you know these listed waterfalls on earth are the most beautiful ones and make up the list of top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
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10. Sutherland Falls in New Zealand
This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on earth. It’s found in New Zealand and has a height of around 580m. It’s the highest waterfall in New Zealand and one of the gorgeous must see sites when you visit this country. Although it’s not easily accessible and that the main challenge its worth making your way there. You will find this waterfall in the Beautiful Fiordland national park which is a UNESCO world heritage site deep in the wild. To access the waterfall there are just two ways to do so that’s either by scenic flights or by Milford track. And to add some icing on its beauty Milford track is the finest walk in the world and nearly 15,000 people participate in the event of completing the walk each year.
9. Yosemite Falls in USA
This is one of the most beautiful waterfall in the world and one of the tallest waterfalls in North America since it has a drop of 2425ft (739)m. Even though the Yosemite doesn’t flow all year round it does flow in most part of the year. You can find this waterfall in the Sierra Nevada of California and it’s visible from a multitude of viewpoints and trails. Unlike Sutherland falls Yosemite falls can be easily accessed and the fact that its location and scenery is beautiful that’s the main reason its featured in the top 10 list of most beautiful waterfalls.
8. Dettifoss Iceland
Known by names such as “the collapsing waterfall”, and “the beast” its Europe most powerful waterfall dropping at 148ft45m) with an average of 96500 gallons of water in every second.it falls in Iceland largest canyon jokulsargljufur canynon. You will find this waterfall at Vatnajokull National park. The view of the waterfall will definitely steal your breath away and due to the fall and mount of water you can definitely see the mist from miles away. Its beauty has made it feature in the top 10 lists of beautiful waterfalls in the world.
7. Plitvice Falls in Croatia
Apparently these waterfalls have been a tourist attraction even before the 19th century. When it comes to one of the most beautiful waterfalls on earth this waterfall is among the most beautiful waterfalls. Yes I have used “waterfalls” since its not a singular flow of attraction but it’s a network of several waterfalls which are very imppresive bythemselves.they do display color even though the waters are clear and form a large network of karstic lakes which are full of fish. Having these waterfalls on the list of top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world is because they normally leave a memorable experience worth remembering.
6. Gullfoss (Golden Falls) in Iceland
This is the most iconic and popular waterfall in Iceland. It’s located in river Hvita which originates from HVitavatn Glacier Lake which get its water from Iceland second biggest glacier Langiokull. The waterfall is normally referred as the “Golden falls” due to on a sunny day there is a rainbow formed and this is due to the fact that the water plunges down in steps in 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls have a 70 meters. It’s part of the golden circle of Iceland’s main attraction and being on this waterfall you will truly experience the beauty of nature.
5. Niagara Falls in USA/Canada
This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on earth and today the most popular waterfall in North America.it is one of the most powerful waterfalls on earth having 3160 tons of water flow every second making it the biggest one by volume. The beauty of this waterfall can be viewed easily from any angle and can be accessed easily too. The water tumble at alarming speeds of up to 32 feet per second hitting the base with 280 tons of force. The falls have turned to be a destination for family vacations, honeymoons and also a source of electricity since they produce 4 million kilowatts of electricity shared between Canada and USA.
4. Kaieteur Falls in Guyana
Without a doubt one of the most beautiful special and impressive waterfalls on earth is Kaieteur.it has the characteristics of an impressive waterfall since it has an enormous height of around 251 meters which is 5 times higher than that of Niagara, has a large width of around 113 meters, large water volume of around 663m3 per second, an impressive free fall, and beautiful scenery surrounding it. You will find this waterfall in Guyana highlands.
3. Angel Falls in Venezuela
Located in Guayana highlands in Canaima national park which is a UNESCO world heritage site in Venezuela. This waterfall is not only beautiful but the main reason why it’s listed here it’s because it’s the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall with a height of 3212 ft (979m) .its 15 times higher than Niagara Falls. Its waters originate from Churum River and drops over the edge of table mountain also known as “Auyantepuy”.the most amazing thing about this waterfall is that it’s not fed by glacier melt or snow nor any lake but it depends mainly from rainfall.
2. Iguazu Falls in Argentina/Brazil
Found on the boarder of Brazil and Argentina with a height of 85m and its brink spanning a distance of 2700m and in addition has a flow of 100 cubic meters per second it’s the second most beautiful waterfall in our list. It’s also known as the Iguassu falls or the Iguacu falls by the locals. It has been voted as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world since it has 275 individual waterfalls and cascades. There is a legend that explains how the fall was formed and its said a big snake called “Boi” used to live in the water and every year a woman was to be sacrificed but one year a brave Guarani saved the woman from the sacrifice and this led to Boi bursting in anger and bent its body and split the river forming cataracts.
1. Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
This waterfall deserves the number one spot in this list of the top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world.it is not just beautiful to look at but its also the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometre holding 1.7km and the only one in the world with a height of more than hundred meters going at 108m. you can find this waterfall on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and its feeder by Zambezi river which is the fourth largest river in Africa.
The noise of the Victoria Falls can be heard from 40km and has an average flow of 1 million litres per second. The Kololo tribe that used to live in the area used to call the waterfall “mosi-oa-Tunya” The Smoke that Thunders” since the falling of the water creates a spray and mist that rises more than 400m and can be seen from a distance of 50km. its no wonder the seventh natural wonder of the world and today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Waterfalls are wonders of nature and one of the most beautiful sites in the world today. The above waterfalls have been voted as the top 10 most beautiful waterfalls on earth and without a sheer of a doubt each and every one listed here deserves the spotlight. Even though we admire these waterfalls let’s play our parts as humans to protect their existence since with negative environment impacts on our environment the generations to come might not be able to enjoy these beautiful sceneries we are enjoying today.