There are many, many waterfalls in the world

After all, the vast majority of our planet is covered in water. When land interrupts the flow of water across the landscape, it is here that waterfalls can form. 

Interestingly enough there is no standard definition of a waterfall in the modern lexicon.  By this we mean there is nothing to define what makes up a waterfall, how to measure a waterfall, and even whether or not a waterfall needs to exist the entire year round. To the objective tourist these debated ideas are mere semantics compared to standing in plain view of the water thundering over high cliff faces with enough force to pound the local geography into new shapes and forms.


Angel Falls: World’s Tallest Waterfall

The Waterfall at Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls or Salto Ángel is found in the Canaima National Park in Venezuela. Funny enough the local name for the mountain from which the waterfall flows is Auyan Tepui or Devil’s Mountain and the top of the waterfalls themselves was called the Devil’s Mouth. An ironic twist that the current name for Angel Falls is such an extreme opposite.

This is a plunge waterfall, as the river flows over the cliff face it loses contact with the rock and plunges freely for a distance.  It is 3,212 feet tall and makes an impressive sight as the water falls from the top of the tan and brown rocky face.


The Waterfall at Barron Falls, Australia

Barron Falls: Heart of the Australian Rainforest.

This falls resides in the Barron Gorge National Park, a suitable name for the park which exists solely to show off the falls and river. They are 853 feet in height. The falls themselves are in Kuranda, Australia within the large protected parkland. Look for something similar in our collection of backyard waterfalls.