10 Tallest Waterfalls On Earth

10. Browne Falls (2,744 ft)

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Browne Falls is a waterfall above Doubtful Sound, which is located in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. In a temperate rain forest, the falls cascade down to the fiord near Hall Arm over a series of 6 drops. Heights of 619 metres[2] and 836 metres[3] have been given for the falls. Their source is a tarn called Lake Browne (836 m above sea level) which when full, overflows down the side of the mountain face (similar to Sutherland’s source). The stream makes 836 m height difference over 1,130 m horizontal difference, thus the mean gradient of stream is 42 degrees.[4] This comparatively low angle makes the falls less impressive.

The falls are one of the two candidates for the title of New Zealand’s highest waterfall. The other is sourced from a tarn behind Elizabeth Island which is also in Fiordland.

The falls are named after pioneering aerial photographer, Victor Carlyle Browne, who discovered Lake Browne and the associated falls on one of his flights over Fiordland in the 1940s.[5][6]

There are at least two other notable waterfalls falling to Doubtful Sound: Helena Falls and Lady Alice Falls.

9. James Bruce Falls (2,755 ft)

James Bruce Waterfall

James Bruce Falls is the highest measured waterfall in the continent of North America and ninth tallest in the world. Located in Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada, it stems from a small snowfield and cascades 840 m (2,760 ft) down to Princess Louisa Inlet. Two parallel streams, for which the falls are named, come from this snowfield, one of which is persistent throughout the year and the other of which usually dries up by July. The stream flows into Loquilts Creek, which empties into the inlet via the better known Chatterbox Falls.[1]

8. Pu’uka’oku Falls (2,756 ft)

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Pu’uka’oku Falls is a waterfall in Molokai, Hawaii. It is the 8th largest waterfall in the world.[1][2]

7. Skorga (2,835 ft)

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Skorga is a waterfall in Møre og Romsdal , Norway.  The fall consists of nine ledges with a height of 864 m.  The average width of the waterfall is 15 meters, maximum – 23 m.  Going by height, Skorga is the second largest full-season waterfall in Europe after Vinnufossen (865 m, Norway).

6. Vinnufossen (2,837 ft)

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Vinnufossen is the tallest waterfall in Europe and the sixth tallest in the world.[1] The waterfall is located just east of the village of Sunndalsøra in the municipality of Sunndal in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The falls are part of the river Vinnu which flows down from the Vinnufjellet mountain and it is fed from the Vinnufonna glacier. The falls flow into the river Driva near the village of Hoelsand.[2]

5. Yumbilla Falls (2,938 ft)

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Yumbilla Falls is the name of a waterfall located near the town of Cuispes, in the northern Peruvian region of Amazonas. It is considered the world’s fifth tallest waterfall, becoming internationally known since late 2007 due to a geographical survey conducted by the National Geographic Institute of Peru (IGN).[1]

Yumbilla is considered a tiered type waterfall, since it comprises four or five sections or drops.[1][2][4] The stream is reported to come from a cave named “Caverna San Francisco”.[4]

4 Olo’upena Falls (2,953 ft)

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Oloʻupena Falls, or Oloupena Falls, is a waterfall located in the north-eastern part of Hawaiian Island of Molokai,[1] and is unofficially cited as the fourth highest waterfall in the world.[2]

The falls have formed on a short, seasonal stream and are falling over the edge of one of the tallest sea-side cliffs of the world, located between the Pelekunu and Wailau valleys. They have gnawed a groove in the cliff-face and can be observed only from the ocean or air.

3. Three Sisters Falls (3,000 ft)

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The Cataratas las Tres Hermanas, or Three Sisters Falls, is the 3 rd largest waterfall in the world, with 914 m drop, located in the Otishi National Park , within the Department of Junín of Peru . The waterfall is formed by at least three staggered jumps, falling from a plateau to the Cutivireni river between yunga and mountain rainforest.

2. Tugela Falls (3,110 ft)

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Tugela Falls is a complex of seasonal waterfalls located in the Drakensberg (Dragon’s Mountains) of Royal Natal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal Province, Republic of South Africa. It is generally accepted as the world’ssecond-tallest waterfall[1] (though, as per point below, there is an argument that it is actually the tallest waterfall in the world, rather than Venezuela’s Angel Falls). The combined total drop of its five distinct free-leaping falls is 948 m (3,110 ft). At the right time of year, they are easily visible from the main road into the park, especially after a heavy rain. The source of the Tugela River (Zulu for ‘sudden’) is the Mont-Aux-Sources plateau which extends several kilometers beyond The Amphitheatre escarpment from which the falls drop. There is an undeveloped camp site and mountain hut immediately above the falls.

There is an argument that Tugela Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world, rather than the more commonly cited Angel Falls.[3] This argument is based on two likely inaccuracies regarding the presumed heights of the respective falls.[4][5]

Firstly, many now believe Angel Falls is not as tall as was initially surveyed by American journalist Ruth Robertson in 1949. The quoted figure of 979 m (3,212 ft) corresponds almost precisely with the difference in altitude between the top of the falls and the confluence of the Rio Gauja and the Rio Churun, which is roughly 2 km (1.2 mi) away from the base of the Auyan Tepui escarpment and 1.6 km (0.99 mi) downstream from the last segment of the Rio Gauja that could possibly be considered a ‘waterfall’. [6]

The starting altitude of Angel Falls is often given as 1,500 m (4,900 ft), from which the falls plunge a vertical 807 m (2,648 ft), then proceed to cascade for approximately 0.4 km (0.25 mi) with relatively little altitude loss, before a final drop of 30 m (98 ft) below the Talus Rapids, near the famous viewpoint known as Mirador Laime. After this the Rio Gauja flows with very little altitude loss, with nothing approaching a waterfall or even cascade before it empties into the Rio Churun. However, the altitude of Mirador Laime is usually given as approximately 700 m (2,300 ft), which would suggest that Angel Falls is only about 800 meters in total height (roughly the height of the first drop).[7][8]

Angel Falls, however, is almost universally regarded as having the tallest single uninterrupted drop of any waterfall in the world (the total height of Tugela Falls, even though possibly the tallest on Earth, is divided into five smaller tiers, and its tallest individual tier is 411 m (1,348 ft)).[9] Even this measurement invites some debate, however, as some botanical sources list the height of Angel Falls’ tallest drop as 738 m (2,421 ft), rather than the usually cited 807 m (2,648 ft).[10]

1. Angel Falls (3,212 ft)

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Angel Falls (Spanish: Salto Ángel; Pemon language: Kerepakupai Vená, meaning “waterfall of the deepest place”, or Parakupá Vená, meaning “the fall from the highest point”) is a waterfall in Venezuela. It is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 metres (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 metres (2,648 ft). The waterfall drops over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain in the Canaima National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Canaima), a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolívar State. The height figure 979 metres (3,212 ft) mostly consists of the main plunge but also includes about 400 metres (0.25 mi) of sloped cascade and rapids below the drop and a 30-metre (98 ft) high plunge downstream of the talus rapids.

The falls are along a fork of the Rio Kerepacupai Meru which flows into the Churun River, a tributary of the Carrao River, itself a tributary of the Orinoco River.

Angel Falls also inspired the setting of the Disney animated film Up (2009) although, in the film, the location was called Paradise Falls instead of Angel Falls. It also makes a small appearance in the Disney film Dinosaur, as well as the 1990 film Arachnophobia. Most recently, it makes an appearance in the 2015 film Point Break.

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