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INTRODUCTION


Niagra Falls is located on the United States/Canada border. It drops water from Lake Erie onto Lake Ontario. Niagra Falls is actually three separate water falls: Canadian (Horseshoe) Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. These three falls are separated by two islands. Goat Island, the major island, sparates Canadian and Bridal Veil Falls. The minute Luna Island separates Bridal Veil and American Falls. The falls are three thousand, six hundred and sixty feet across.
BRIDAL VEIL/AMERICAN FALLS
The length around the brink (point where the water falls) of Canadian Falls is two thousand and six hundred feet. It has a height of one hundred and sixty- seven feet. According to the U.S.G.S. (United States Geological Survey), one third of these falls lies within American territory
CANADIAN (HORSESHOE) FALLS
The total length across the brink is one thousand and sixty feet. It is also one hundred and seventy-six feet in height, although, due to rocks and the bottom the actual fall is only seventy feet. All of both of these falls lie within American territory.

IMPACT
"Etienne Brûlé" http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/franco-ontarian/pics/ac619849_brule_520.jpg
"Etienne Brûlé" http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/franco-ontarian/pics/ac619849_brule_520.jpg


Etienne Brûlé is believed to have been the first person other than the Native Americans to see the falls. He discovered the falls before his death in 1633. Father Louis Hennepin was the first to write about an eyewitness account of the falls. He saw the falls first in December of 1678, and he published his account in 1683.
"Father Louis Hennepin" http://204.169.52.42/history/images/m0760.jpg
"Father Louis Hennepin" http://204.169.52.42/history/images/m0760.jpg

THE FUTURE


A British Geologist by the name of Charles Lyell discovered in 1841 that the
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cascading waters had eroded the falls from Queenston/Lwiston to its present location. Niagra Falls has eroded seven and one tenth miles in twelve thousand and three-hundred years. Thats practically nothing in geological time. They are eroding so quickly because of the soft limestone in the falls. The future is not easily predicted. It will remain the same as we know it for thousands of years to come. Some have estimated that the falls will continue to erode southward for eight thousand years, reaching the limits of Lake Erie.
This is perhaps the most realistic outlook of the falls's future.