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The Flock 1 constellation acquired this image of Niagara Falls on 26 October 2015.

Niagara Falls is a famous collection of three waterfalls on the border between the United States and Canada and is situated in the Canadian province of Ontario and the American state of New York. The three individual waterfalls are the Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil Falls.

The waterfalls pour forth from the Niagara River, which flows North from the United States into Canada. The river splits into three waterfalls as the water flows around Goat Island (in the centre of the image) and a series of smaller islands on its north side.

Niagara Falls has become a popular tourist destination over the past 150 years. Some visit the location to witness the power of the torrent of water and enjoy its nearby parks, while others take a more active (and risky) interest, notably including daredevils who have gone over the waterfalls in barrels or crossed the gorge on wires.

Horseshoe Falls is the widest and deepest of the three waterfalls, and water drops 57 m here. Due to the strength of the current at the waterfalls, this natural source of energy has been harnessed over the years. Power plants have been constructed on or near the falls to take advantage of this, though a treaty was signed in 1950 to limit the use of the falls for this purpose out of concern for conservation of the site.

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Credit: Planet Labs Inc. 2015 - Additional editing and text by the eoPortal team

Niagara Falls


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