Extreme Earth: Waterfalls by Patricia Corrigan

By Patricia Corrigan

From Venezuela's Angel Falls, Earth's optimum, to Victoria Falls, the smoke that thunders, this is an exceptional survey of the world's best 10 waterfalls. Detailing destinations, resources, dimension, quantity, and visual appeal, Waterfalls moreover comprises fabric approximately each one waterfall's geologic make-up, heritage, neighborhood weather, and other people. writer Patricia Corrigan contains fascinating proof on different striking waterfalls, similar to California's 400-foot Whiskeytown Falls, in basic terms found in 2005.

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Victoria Falls G 27 Reptile species in the area are also declining. The python is the largest snake in the area, where most of the snakes are nonvenomous. Two species of tortoise live in the Zambezi River, as do lizards, skinks and chameleons. Frogs and toads are present in abundance, as are some 84 species of fish. Parks and wildlife scientists monitor all animals and plants at Victoria Falls National Park and Zambezi National Park. Environmental research is conducted through the Zambezi-Matetsi complex, with laboratories at Isidumuka, some 55 miles (89 km) south of Victoria Falls.

Species include the fish eagle, black stork, augur buzzard, martial eagle, trumpeter hornbill, black-cheeked lovebird, Egyptian and Knobilled goose, and the common African skimmer. Scientists say all species are suffering from human disturbance (boats and trains) and bush clearance. Victoria Falls G 27 Reptile species in the area are also declining. The python is the largest snake in the area, where most of the snakes are nonvenomous. Two species of tortoise live in the Zambezi River, as do lizards, skinks and chameleons.

There the Zambezi picks up speed, and then suddenly drops 355 feet (108 m) into a mile-wide (2 km) gorge that separates the nations. This roaring, hissing torrent of water is Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls stretches 5,500 feet (1,700 m) long and produces an average volume of 246,857 gallons (934,455 L) of water per second. The broad curtain of falling water is twice as high and one-and-a-half times as wide as Niagara Falls. Close to the falls, numerous small islands interrupt the course of the Zambezi.

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