Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Niagara Falls, Canada

I've got a pretty mixed batch of cards for today... This one is from my penpal Lauren in Canada, she recently visited the Niagara Falls! Looks absolutely freezing but also very impressive.

The Niagara Falls are voluminous waterfalls on the Niagara River, straddling the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. The falls are 27 km north-northwest of Buffalo, New York and 121 km south-southeast of Toronto, Ontario, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York.

Niagara Falls is composed of two major sections separated by Goat Island: the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and the American Falls on the American side. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also located on the American side, separated from the main falls by Luna Island. The international boundary line was originally drawn through Horseshoe Falls in 1819, but the boundary has long been in dispute due to natural erosion and construction.

Niagara Falls were formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age), and water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path through the Niagara Escarpment en route to the Atlantic Ocean. While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls are very wide. More than 168,000 m3 of water falls over the crest line every minute in high flow, and almost (110,000 m3 on average. It is the most powerful waterfall in North America.

The Niagara Falls are renowned both for their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. Managing the balance between recreational, commercial, and industrial uses has been a challenge for the stewards of the falls since the 19th century.

Theh stamp on the envelope is from a miniature sheet issued earlier this year, commemorating the Year of the Rabbit.


asdfpostcrossing said...

wow!!! impressive!
the words you right with the postcards are entertaining.

Heather said...

This card is so pretty! My hubby saw it in winter (from the american side) but said the fog totally hid it so we might go again this year...cant wait!

Anu said...

It'd be pretty amazing to see this in real life one day!