Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls Quiz

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Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls Quiz
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Earth is covered by water, but waterfalls are a rare treat. How much do you know about the world's waterfalls?
True or False: There is a standard way for scientists to classify waterfalls.
true
false
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Wrong Answer

There really isn't a standard way to order the many types of waterfalls on Earth.

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How do some people classify the various types of waterfalls?
by water type
height
configuration and shape
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Different waterfalls vary greatly in the way they look and act on the rocks around them.

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Which is the world's tallest waterfall?
Utigord
Angel Falls
Tugela
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Located in Venezuela, it plunges 3,212 feet on its descent.

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Which waterfall has a road that lets you drive behind it?
Yahoo Falls, Kentucky
Bridal Veil Falls, North Carolina
Tower Fall, Wyoming
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Located in North Carolina, the 45-foot waterfall has a short, curving road behind it.

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What type of waterfall is Niagara Falls?
block
cascade
plunge
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Wrong Answer

It's a prime example of a wide, powerful waterfall.

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In which state did eight people die in 1999 when a landslide struck at a busy waterfall?
Hawaii
Washington
Colorado
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Wrong Answer

The Sacred Falls site is still considered off-limited because of its instability.

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What often happens to the water that plunges from the top of Angel Falls?
It sublimates.
It kills birds that fly too close.
It turns into mist.
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The water has so far to fall that frequently it dissipates into mist before it reaches the bottom.

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How many falls make up Niagara Falls?
two
three
four
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They are the Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls and Horseshoe Falls.

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What type of waterfall might be the most powerful and dangerous?
cascade
cataract
horsetail waterfalls
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Cataract waterfalls unleash huge volumes of water at great height, making them perilous (and also very loud).

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Why are the huge Tyssestrengene falls in Norway often dry?
long drought
used for power purposes
water diverted for agriculture
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Since the 1940s, much of the water is used for power, meaning the falls are typically dry.

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A glacier is the source for which super-tall waterfall?
Utigord
Monge
Espelands
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Wrong Answer

A melting glacier gives life to this 2,626-foot waterfall in Norway.

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The Iguazu Falls are on the border of Argentina and what other country?
Brazil
Chile
Peru
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It is the largest system of waterfalls in the world.

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How many distinct drops make up the Iguazu Falls system?
72
142
275
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In total, the falls extend more than 1.7 miles.

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How high is the Yosemite waterfall in Yosemite National Park?
912 feet
2,425 feet
2,902 feet
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It is the seventh-tallest waterfall on the planet.

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How many subterranean waterfalls are part of the Trummelbach Falls system in Switzerland?
21
72
132
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There are lifts and staircases to help tourists witness these powerful water flows.

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Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, is so loud that you can supposedly hear it from what distance?
10 miles
15 miles
25 miles
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It is 1.5 times wider than Niagara Falls, making it the longest block waterfall anywhere.

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The native name for Victoria Falls is "Mosi oa Tunya," which means what in English?
the heavens fall
the smoke that thunders
the devil's din
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The spray from impact at the bottom sometimes floats more than 1,600 feet into the air, giving the falls a mystical appearance.

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What happens to a stream's velocity as it nears a waterfall's edge?
It accelerates.
It slows a little.
It remains the same.
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It picks up speed, a fact that also accelerates erosion closer to the waterfall's edge.

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Where is the Gullfoss waterfall located?
Norway
Iceland
Finland
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The angled approach to the falls means that to tourists, the river seems to simply disappear into thin air.

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East of the Rocky Mountains, what is the widest waterfall that has only a single drop?
Icy Falls
Taughannock Falls
Kaieteur Falls
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Wrong Answer

The water plunges 215 feet into a gorgeous forest lake.

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In what year did the huge Gocta Cataracts first become known to the wider world?
1805
2005
1905
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The remote waterfall, in Peru, is so high that sometimes clouds obscure the water.

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What is the widest single drop waterfall on Earth?
Dudhsagar
Victoria Falls
Kaieteur Falls
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The Kaieteur Falls in Guyana is 741 feet from the top to the area where it again hits the pool below; it is also four times taller than Niagara Falls.

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Where is the Denmark cataract?
under a forest canopy
under a city
underwater
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The Denmark Strait cataract is the world's tallest underwater waterfall, created by the collision of warm and cold water; its volume may exceed Victoria Falls by a factor of 12.

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How tall is the Denmark Strait cataract?
4,000 feet
8,300 feet
11,500 feet
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That's right, it plunges nearly 2 full miles, an unseen but enormously powerful water feature.

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Where is Three Chute Falls?
Yosemite National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Zion National Park
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The water is forcefully propelled through a series of narrow spaces, making the water spectacularly turbulent.

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The Seven Sisters waterfall in Norway is an example of which kind of waterfall?
tiered
segmented
plunge
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It has several segments that course down the sides of the rocks.

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What is a defining trait of a "plunge" waterfall?
The water falls backwards towards the rock wall.
The water loses contact with the rock wall.
It makes extra large plunge pools at the bottom.
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Plunge waterfalls basically free fall to the bottom without touching any rocks on the way down.

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Plunge waterfalls always start from what kind of source?
narrow stream
wide river
high-volume spring
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The constricted area accelerates the water and thrusts it away from the rock wall in a spectacular fashion.

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Where are the Sutherlands Falls located?
Australia
New Zealand
New Mexico
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It has three distinct cascades over its 1,904-foot-tall height.

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What's the world record for kayaking over a waterfall?
64 feet
89 feet
189 feet
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In 2009, Tyler Brady plunged over Washington's Palouse Falls and somehow survived. You can see the video online.

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