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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.

Canadian parks police pull man from waters above Horseshoe Falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

An apparent suicidal man was grabbed by Canadian emergency personnel Sunday night as he stood in the waters above the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

Niagara Parks Police Service officials report that about 6:30 p.m Sunday they were alerted to a man standing waist-high in the waters of the upper Niagara River about 150 to 200 feet from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. He was holding on to a fallen tree branch.

Members of the Niagara Parks Police Service, Niagara Regional Police Service, Niagara Falls, Ont., Fire Department and Niagara Emergency Medical Services responded to the bus parking lot adjacent to Table Rock Complex, at 6650 Niagara Parkway, to begin rescue efforts.

Niagara Falls thunders into your heart

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From The Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL):

Visitors hear the falls long before they see them. Each second, 74,000 gallons of water rush at 40 mph toward the brink and thunder over Niagara Falls.

The water of the Niagara is not only noisy, it is beautiful. On a sunny day, the current roils to reveal forces of crystal, Caribbean-blue water. On a cloudy day, the palette darkens to a deeper blue, similar to a summer sky at magic hour. It’s the limestone that keeps the water clear; the limestone escarpment that follows the Niagara starts way back along the central section of the Mississippi River. We see it above ground in the bluffs and caves that line Midwestern waterways. Reportedly it goes underground to rise again out east. Or so I have been told. There’s plenty of folklore and facts about the great falls found on the border between Ontario, Canada, and New York State.

A visit to Niagara Falls USA

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From the Norwalk Reflector:

My wife, Jodie, and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary.

We were married Aug. 3, 1996 and honeymooned in early October of that year, taking an East Coast cruise that included stops in Rhode Island, Maine and Nova Scotia before returning to New York City.

So to celebrate our 20th, we decided to take another early October trip that would include water, beautiful scenery and the onset of fall foliage. We went to Niagara Falls.

ZAVITZ: Aero car has had an ‘exhilarating’ century

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It was like a sunny island in the midst of gloomy seas — a happy news story at a time when most of the news, especially if it came from the European war front, was decidedly depressing.

That “happy” story was on the front page of The Niagara Falls Review for Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1916. The headline read “Aero Cableway Opened Yesterday.”

Now known as the Whirlpool Aero Car, this popular Niagara Parks attraction is about to celebrate its centennial. Over the past century millions of people have been treated to a bird’s-eye view of the mighty whirlpool as they glided across six cables, some 75 metres above that turbulent watery spectacle.

20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

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One week ago my family headed out to check out the Ripley’s attractions in Niagara Falls. These include Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, Ripley’s Moving Theater, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. Our last stop was Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium.

Note: To view images from our trip, visit the 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium – Image Gallery posting.

This was the attraction that we were most anxious to visit as it had just re-opened after many months of renovations. I had been to the old Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum several times over the years. Although the attraction was always interesting, it just had kind of an old/dated feel to it. We were really looking forward to seeing the new Odditorium. We were not disappointed!

20160620_190829.jpg The entire attraction has been completely redone, and it looks fantastic. It has been enlarged, the ceilings seem higher, and everything is much brighter.

The odditorium has been divided into a variety of different rooms with similar themes. There are rooms that focus on strange animals, odd habits, art, and many other oddities. There are classic exhibits (shrunken heads, lint art, etc), and much more modern exhibits. It truly is filled with interactive displays, starting right in the lobby. My daughter loved the water pipe display. You can press buttons and turn knobs to make water flow, stop, change colour, and more. There was a place where you could try to fold yourself into a box, sit in Robert Wadlow’s giant chair, and stand next to the world’s shortest person.

20160620_191757.jpg The Erik Sprague exhibit is a great example of the layout. Erik Sprague is also called the Lizardman and he has done some extreme body modification. The exhibit is brightly lit, has a life-sized figure of him, and shows a video of some of his performances. It’s amazing. My wife also liked some of the classic exhibits that show the African neck rings, stretched lips andears and foot binding.

20160620_192714.jpg One of the exhibits that was new from just before the renovation was the Wigan Micro Sculptures. Willard Wigan creates micro sculptures that fit within the eye of a needle. This is where the name of the odditorium really comes into play… believe it or not! It really is unbelievable that this is even possible. However they have a variety of microscopes and sure enough, there are small little carvings that really do fit into the eye of the needle. Wow!!

20160620_194947.jpg One of the best  additions to the attraction is new “play” area. I think my kids could have played there for hours. There is a mind-bending “vortex tunnel” that was totally dizzying. There are other interactive games to play such as plastic pin art, a photo silhouette wall, and more. The evening we were there wasn’t particularly busy, but there were at least a dozen or more people in this area and no one seemed to be in a rush to leave.

20160620_194509.jpg I can’t recommend Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium enough! It was super fun and there was definitely something there for all members of my family. As has been mentioned in the other postings, the best deal is to get the 3 Attraction Flex Ticket. If you are interested in a single admission, at the time of this write-up on their website adult tickets are $17.99, senior tickets are $14.99 and child tickets are $10.99. Be sure to check out the Ripley’s web site for the latest information.

Note: To view images from our trip, visit the 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium – Image Gallery posting.

The story of the Niagara River: The water wonder of the world

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From the Globe and Mail:

Oscar Wilde, Richard Nixon, Pierre Trudeau, Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, Shirley Temple, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Charles Blondin, Wild Bill Hickok, Laura Secord, H.G. Wells, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Sir Harry Oakes, Jimmy Stewart, Princess Diana …

Bit characters all – in a story in which the main character has always been and will always be: the Falls.

Those famous names, with one notable exception, were all as impressed in their day by Niagara Falls as will be the millions of visitors who come this year to stare in awe at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Helen Keller, who could not see and could not hear, experienced the falls through her hands. She was so moved by the vibrations she could feel on a hotel windowsill that she told her mother: “One feels helpless and overwhelmed in the presence of such a vast force.”

Crane being lowered into Niagara Gorge

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From WIVB channel 4 in Buffalo:

Crews in Niagara Falls are hard at work getting the Maid of the Mist ready for the winter.

The tour boat company must remove its vessels from the lower Niagara River before the water freezes over. But before that can happen, a giant crane from Germany has to be assembled and then lowered 200 feet into the gorge.

The crane will be used to hoist the boats out of the water and into the dry dock beginning in November. Once on land, maintenance crews will work on the boats through the off-season.

Well O’ Canada, I think I’ve fallen for Niagara, eh?

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From The Queensland Times:

I CAN now tick Niagara Falls off my bucket list.

The natural wonder of the world which is shared by Canada and the USA is nothing short of perfection.

But while anything as incredible as this place is always capitalised on, fortunately this does not detract from its beauty.

I walked behind the falls on a tour and the water from this globally recognised place kissed its lips upon my skin.

The mist from the falls also caused my camera to die a painful death, but if you are to die from something, let it be as beautiful as Niagara Falls.

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