Why do waterfalls never run out of water?

By November 10, 2013Argentina, Brazil

The Iguazu Falls at the boarder of Argentina and Brazil are such an overwhelming natural spectacle, that I had to look up everything in the internet to somehow understand, what on earth is happening there.

The Iguazu River and the Paraná River confluence to an enormous river before 1,756 m3 water per second crash down the edge of 2700 m  of the Paraná Plateau in 275 falls of 60 to 85 m hight. At the U-shaped edge of 150 m – the  “Garganta del Diabolo” (engl. devil’s throat) – half of the river’s flow drops down. Standing at this edge, it is unimaginable, that these masses of water never ever stop running down this edge. The power and speed of the water is like a meditation. A natural spectacle which disables your brain to think about anything else, but what you see and here in this very moment. Looking at this masses of water running down the edge, it is hard to just know, that – unless the source of the river dries – the waterfalls will never run out of water. It’s just such masses of water per second, that you cannot picture, these falls have been running for hundreds of years and probably will be four another couple of hundreds. It is one of the times when reality is beyond imagination.

If you ever plan to visit this place, I can highly recommend to spoil yourself with a stay at one of the beautiful apartments of the Jungle Lodge in Puerto Iguazú.

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