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Waterfalls are one of nature's most amazing wonders - found all over the world they've captivated man since the dawn of time. The most famous waterfalls are often the tallest or widest, but there are actually lots of types of waterfall, from cascade to plunge to horsetail - they are all amazing in their own way. Here at Simonseeks we've searched and found some of the most spectacular waterfalls from around the world, so let us know if agree in the comments below.

Found in the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, the Plitvice Waterfalls are a series of larger and smaller falls that link 16 lakes. Formed by natural dams made of travertine, the falls range in colour from azure to green and grey.

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The world's highest waterfall at a stunning 3,212ft, the mist from Angel Falls can be felt a mile away. Despite being one of Venezuela's top tourist attractions, the falls are difficult to get to. An overland flight is required before you embark on a river trip to the base of the falls.

Angel Falls

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Located on the remote island of Molokai in Hawaii, Kahiwa falls is a tiered waterfall with a stunning 600ft drop. Formed over the tallest sea cliffs in the world, the best way to see this waterfall is by helicopter tour.

Kahiwa Falls

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The Langfoss Falls in Norway is over 2000ft high and 250ft wide, falling dramatically into a beautiful fjord.

Langfoss Falls

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Known to locals for centuries, Gocta Falls was 'discovered' by the West in 2005. Found in Nortern Peru it has two amazing drops. The exact height of the falls is disputed, but it's somewhere in the region of 2500ft.

Gocta Falls

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At 2822ft, Vinnufossen falls is also located in Norway. The volume of water differs throughout the year, but at full flow four spectacular drops can be seen.

Vinufossen

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With a height of 2425ft, Yosemite falls is a major tourist attraction in Yosemite National Park, California. According to Ahwahneechee legend, the pool at the bottom was inhabited by witches.

Yosemite Falls

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Part of the Glacier National Park in Montana, Beaver Chief Falls is a spectacular tiered waterfall joining two beautiful lakes. It's also known as the 'Diamond Falls' because the water splits into two channels, then converges again on the way down.

Beaver Chief Falls

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Nestled in some of the most unspoilt rainforest on earth, the Kaietuer Falls in Guyana, South America, is a truly awe-inspiring sight. It may not be the tallest, but it is the largest single-drop waterfall in the world by volume of water. To give you an idea of scale, Kaieteur is about five times taller than the more famous Niagara falls.

Kaieteur Falls

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What list would be complete without Niagara Falls, Canada? The most powerful waterfall in North America, it is actually made up of two falls - Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. Many people have tried to conquer the falls over the years, including Maria Spelterini who crossed them by tightrope in 1876 and Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to go over the falls in a barrel in 1901.

Niagara Falls

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Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall is found in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, Iceland. It may have a drop of just 144 feet, but the average water flow is over 200m^3/s. Drawing its water from a glacier, Dettifoss can only be reached by a rough track, but the spectacular view is worth it.

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Japan's tallest waterfall, Hannoki-no-taki is a single horsetail waterfall that pours into a basin at the bottom of another tall waterfall, Shomyo-no-taki.

Hannoki-no-taki

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Europe's largest waterfall at 1247ft, Krimmler Falls is a tiered waterfall with a seasonal flow. The best time to see it is during June and July - the village of Krimml in Austria is a good nearby base.

Krimmler Falls

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Found on the Zambezi river in southern Africa, Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The falls are most powerful during the rainy season, when the spray is visible up to 30 miles away.

Victoria Falls

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The Cascades de Trou de Fer are found in the canyon of the same name (which means "Iron Hole"), on Reunion Island near Madagascar. The falls are part of the Bras de Caverne river which flows through the canyon - with 4 drops, the falls are around 2380ft high.

Trou de Fer Falls

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Over 2000ft high, Alfred Creek Falls runs off the Alfred Glacier in the Yukon, Canada into an alluvial fan - a fan-shaped deposit at the base of a canyon. A truly spectacular waterfall, it is one of the tallest in North America.

Alfred Falls

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Another Venezuelan waterfall, the Kukenaam Falls have a single drop of over 2000ft. Springing from a table mountain, they form the start of the Cuquenán River.

Kukenaam Falls

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The Kjerag mountain in Norway has some awe-inspiring scenery, not least of which is its 2345ft Kjeragfossen waterfall. The waterfall plunges off a sheer cliff, but because the water volume is quite small it often turns to mist on the way down.

Kjeragfossen Falls

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Another Hawaiian gem, the area round Waihilau Falls has been abandoned since 1940, making it one of the few pristine places left in Hawaii. The lush green valley is home to several waterfalls, but the Waihilau Falls are the tallest at 2600ft.

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The tallest waterfall in New Zealand, Browne Falls is over 2500ft high with a single drop of 800ft. Set against a lush backdrop, the falls plunge into the weirdly-named, Doubtful Sound.

Browne Falls

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If you know of any more amazing waterfalls to add to the list then please add your suggestions in the comments below and we will get them included.

Thanks to Nicole for the Iguazu Falls Argentina, far taller and wider than Niagra Falls, were formed as the result of a volcanic eruption more than 135 million years ago. Spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles, the Iguazu (meaning "great waters" ) has an average of 553 cubic feet per second thundering down its 269 feet drop.

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And another one from Nicole......

The stunning, multi-tiered Kuang Si Falls, Laos, consist of a 180 foot main waterfall, and several 10-15 foot cascades. As well as watching the turquoise-green water tumbling over a series of limestone steps, visitors can also take a dip in the calmer waters on the lower levels.

Kuang Si Falls

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Thanks to Jack for the next addition.....Paulo Afonso Falls

Paulo Afonso Falls is series of rapids in north eastern Brazil on the São Francisco River. As Paul pointed out it, is the 8th largest waterfall in the world measuring at a staggering total height of 275 feet (84 m) and a width just short of 60 feet (18 m). Since the introduction of a large hydroelectric station and dam intercept, water only falls when the dam’s flood gates are opened.

Alfonso Falls

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Community comments (8)

Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world, displays in unforgettable fashion the sheer force of Mother Nature. Six million cubic feet of water drop over the precipice every minute, creating so much spray that you'll see the mist long before you see the falls themselves.

Great collection of photos. They remind us of the inspiring awesomeness of nature. Thank you for sharing.

Iguaza waterfall is one of the most majestic waterfalls in the world. Iguazu Falls is comprised of not one, but an array of 275 separate cascades and waterfalls, spanning a total of 2.5 miles and plunging up to 269 feet into the Iguazu river.
http://www.southamericavoyage.net/nature-at-its-heavenliest-best-at-the-...

Paulo Afonso Falls is located in the drylands (Sertao) of Northeast Brazil. At maximum flow it is the 8th largest falls in the world. Its river is the Rio Sao Francisco, the 2nd largest in Brazil (after the Amazon, of course). These falls drop just outside of a city of the same name. Its beauty can be experienced from many vistas, including from a rickety cable car (which is pretty exciting by itself). The power of the falls is stunning, especially when one has never heard of them and just happens to stumble across them. One can clearly feel the energy of the cascading, falling, roaring water. When visiting, it is interesting to tour the associated hydroelectric complex. (How do I send you a photo of Paulo Afonso?)

Thanks Jack, i've added a photo above the post, great addition to our list!

And of course Igazu Falls in Argentina/Brazil.

While not as big as some of the waterfalls in this list, Kuang Si falls near Luang Prabang, Laos are the most beautiful I've ever seen - absolutely stunning.

Thanks Nicole, two great additions to the list!