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the greatest waterfalls in the whole world lies on the Zimbezi
River, which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Some
people think it is one of the most beautiful sights in the world!
Upstream, the river flows through a wide valley. You could probably
see Victoria Falls from 25 to 40 miles away, and see its spray
rising 1,000 feet into the air from seven miles away! Long before
you even see the waterfalls you can hear the roaring of the water!
The native people call it "mosi-oa-tunya" which means
"smoke that thunders." The falls were formed by a deep
rift in the rock that lies directly across the path of the Zimbezi
River. The rift was caused by movement of the earth about 150
million years ago. At the broadest point, the falls are 5,545
feet across. The height of the falls varies from 256 feet to
about 354 feet in the center.
Victoria falls was discovered by David Livingstone in 1855. The falls were named in honor of Queen Victoria.
There is no wonder Victoria Falls is a Wonder of The Natural World!
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