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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.

Niagara Falls: the honeymoon capital Indians love to visit

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From the News India Times:

Fourth time around, it cannot be a coincidence, for sure. My wife and I are now very certain of one thing: if there’s one tourist spot in America where more Indians frequent than any ‘Little India’ area in the United States, it’s Niagara Falls – the home of three majestic waterfalls spanning the boundaries of the United States and Canada, beautiful gardens and verdant vistas, with quaint, tiny islands one can cross by foot over bridges, strong riptides lapping at edges.

Last week was my fourth visit to Niagara Falls in 17 years: the first time was with my girlfriend, when we were both graduate students in New York; then again after she and I got married, once when my parents visited from New Delhi, and my wife and I accompanied them; and now, with the kids and my wife in tow.

Niagara Falls is both friendly and flashy

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From the Tennessean (including photos):

My first impression of Canada is that it’s flashy.”

These were the words of my 12-year-old son crossing the bridge from New York to Niagara Falls, Ontario. This impression will prove short-lived for him and his two brothers, but if you make this journey at night, you can’t miss the urgent neon of the town’s casinos and resorts.

No, guys, those aren’t the Northern Lights.

Just as there are two major waterfalls in Niagara Falls (American Falls on the U.S. side and Canada’s Horseshoe Falls), there are two Niagara Falls communities, one on either side of the border.

Explore New York State: Spots that will take your breath away

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From Newsday:

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Long Island and New York City make up only a tiny fraction of the state we call home.

Sure, the city has impressive views and lovely parks and Long Island’s got some great beaches, but its the rest of New York that will take your breath away.

Head north for incredible mountain ranges; west for spectacular waterfalls and gorges; east for bluffs overlooking the ocean…

Straddling the border between the U.S. and Canada, Niagara Falls actually consists of three waterfalls: Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil. While not quite as tall as some other falls around the world, it’s the volume of water that make these drops so spectacular. More than 6 million cubic feet of water per minute flow over the crests at peak time.Take advantage of the trip way up here (about 400 miles from Manhattan) and explore nearby Buffalo.

Niagara Falls lit up on dark winter nights

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From the Ithaca Journal:

The nightly spectacle of Niagara Falls lit up after dark just got more spectacular.

A $3 million upgrade saw the installation of 1,400 new high-tech lights called luminaires that beam brighter and more vivid rainbows of light from Canada onto the famous waterfalls.

Mixed together, the separate red, green, blue and white LED units can illuminate the waterfalls against the night sky in endless combinations that range from subtle hues to deeply saturated colors.

Perched on the upper level of an 1899 building known as “Illumination Tower,” the high-intensity system unveiled Dec. 1 replaced a bank of 21 spotlights, each 30 inches in diameter, that were equipped with colored gels.

Top 10: the best Niagara Falls hotels

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From The Telegraph:

Spectacular and easy to get to, Niagara Falls have been a honeymoon destination since the 19th century. Nowadays, romance is matched by casinos, spas and family amusements. There are actually three falls, the Canadian Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil Falls, and, as they straddle the US/Canada border, the question is: where to stay? The Ontario bank has the best views and offers much more for visitors, from helicopter rides and nearby vineyards to first-rate theatre in the pretty town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Across in New York is the small, gritty city of Niagara, where the waterfalls and riverbank are protected by a state park.

World’s most amazing waterfalls

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From FoxNews.com:

Waterfalls are one of nature’s most beautiful creations, and come in all shapes in sizes. Here are some of the most incredible waterfalls on Earth.

Niagara Falls come in at number 7 on their list:

Arguably the most famous falls, Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls: the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. This popular tourist destination offers double the fun, as both the Canadian and American sides are home to additional attractions. You can see the falls any time during the year, but you will have the best weather if you visit between mid-May and mid-September.

10 Interesting Facts About Niagara Falls

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From Yahoo! Voices:

One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world is the Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls. These three waterfalls have been a popular tourist attraction since the 18th century.

Here are 10 interesting facts about the famous tourist attraction:

A year after walk, Falls officials balance expectations, realities of Wallenda’s walk

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From the Niagara Gazette:

…Saturday was the one year anniversary of Wallenda’s historic walk over this city’s giant waterfalls, and an informal Gazette survey showed that while the impact of the media storm of publicity last year is still unclear, the good news is that the city is now able to take advantage of additional publicity expected to follow Wallenda’s canyon walk…

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