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Turning Off Niagara Falls Could Reveal Geological Secrets

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This is kind of old news, but it has a nice perspective of what might be found if the water stops flowing at Niagara Falls.

From LiveScience.com:

or the first time in nearly 50 years, officials are debating turning off the tap for part of Niagara Falls.

Officials have proposed drying out two of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls — American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls — so that workers can repair the aging pedestrian bridges that span the rapids along the river that feeds the falls. (Horseshoe Falls is the third waterfall that makes up Niagara.) The proposed “dewatering” would do more than provide the curious with a rare chance to see the landscape transformed. It could also yield unprecedented insights into the rock-cutting process that is hidden beneath the flow of millions of gallons of water.

Niagara Falls are “very spectacular aesthetically, but they’re not studied a lot geologically,” said Marcus Bursik, a geologist with the University at Buffalo, who is proposing to measure some of the changes in the falls if the water is cut off. The new plan could provide a one-time chance to do some of that geological research, he added.

Gov. Proposes Buying Downtown NF Properties

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

For the first time in a very long time, there are signs of life in downtown Niagara Falls.

On Rainbow Boulevard, construction crews have been working around the clock to build Mark Hamister’s $35 million Hyatt Place hotel, set to open later this year. The world-famous Rainforest Café opened on Old Falls Street in 2015, and a few years before that, the downtown corridor welcomed the launch of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. The Robert Moses Parkway, with its prime riverfront location, will be more accessible due to a reconfiguration project funded through the state’s Buffalo Billion investment program.

In his State of the State speech last week at the University at Buffalo, Gov. Cuomo credited the state’s Buffalo Billion investment for creating $200 million in additional private-sector investment.

Then, as he unveiled the second phase of the Buffalo Billion, the governor announced a proposal for even more state investment.

“We’ll acquire underutilized property in downtown Niagara Falls,” Cuomo said. “So we can free up that land that has been locked up for too long and actually have productive commercial activity developed on it that capitalizes on the growth.”

Wallenda’s High-Wire Walk: Experts Outline Dangers, Payoffs

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Apparently there are University at Buffalo professors who are willing to talk about Nik Wallenda’s walk:

On June 15, high-wire artist Nik Wallenda will attempt to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope — the first such attempt in more than 100 years.

He will use an 1,800-foot long, custom-made, two-inch wire that will stretch from Goat Island on the American side of the falls to a site just below the falls on the Canadian side. The wire will be strung about 200 feet above the base of the Niagara Gorge.

The walk poses considerable danger to Wallenda from such things as the falls’ mist plume, changeable winds, possible attack by peregrine falcons as he traverses their flight path, and clamps on the safety harness he is being forced to wear by ABC, which is televising the event.

This event has generated much excitement and controversy, and University at Buffalo experts are available to discuss the nature of such spectacles, their role in popular culture, the Niagara mist plume, crowd psychology and the kinds of risks involved in this venture.

They are willing to talk about the following:

  •  The public loves a spectacle that involves possible violence
  • Niagara Falls Water Plume and Wind Could Affect Wallenda’s Safety
  • Wire walk is ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ for regional tourism
  • Public Appeal of Wallenda’s Walk Has Psychological Underpinnings
  • Possible Peregrine Falcon Attacks on Wallenda a Safety Risk
  • Wallenda Falls Walk Entails Different Kinds of Risks

I don’t know if this is just for publicity for the University, or if there is some other benefit to them

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