Niagara Falls is a great place to visit! Over 10 million people visit the spot each year. Do you know who first found the beautiful spot? In this section, we will explain about many interesting facts including how it was formed, where they are located, and the answer to the question above.
Niagara Falls is located south of Lake Erie and north of Lake Ontario. The falls were formed when glaciers enabled water in Lake Erie to flow northward to Lake Ontario. The melting ice flooded Lake Erie and the extra water flowed over the edge of a cliff, joining the two Great Lakes. There was a 99 mile difference between the two lakes. The rapids flow for 7 miles before Goat Island separates the two lakes. Niagara Falls is about 176 feet high and 1,000 feet wide.
Father Louis Hennepin, a European settler, was the first to discover the Falls in 1678. Indians lived on the river/falls Long before settlers did. The name Niagara comes from the Iroquois word meaning strait. Large amounts of Tourists began to visit the Falls after Father Hennepin wrote a book with a description of the falls in it. Almost immediately, people started to build hotels, taverns, and industries along the Falls.
Many changes take place over the last 1,000 years. Rock slides change the falls each year. In 1831, 27,000 metric tons of rock fell into the falls. Many experts from both America and Canada have studied the falls to determine how to stop the erosion. They decided it would be to costly to fix. Though erosion will change the falls, It will always be an awesome sight.