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I have always loved waterfalls. I’ve been lucky enough to see Niagra Falls twice. The first time was in winter, February 1993 to be precise. Niagra Falls in February was quite a sight to see. Most of the water was frozen, and it was so cold on the day I saw them that I could barely stand outside to look at them. Thankfully there was an inside observation platform, so I retreated to there to look at them without my eyes stinging from the cold. I saw them again some 18 months later in the height of summer, a very different sight. One day I hope to see Victoria Falls (as the Europeans named it), or “Tokaleya Tongazen” as the locals call it; which is on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

I stumbled across a web page about these particular waterfalls in Guyana recently, so decided to blog about them. The falls are called Kaieteur Falls, and they’re often referred to as the largest single drop waterfall in the World.

Kaieteur Falls

Kaieteur Falls in Guyana, South America.

Some facts about Kaietuer falls

Some facts about Kaietuer falls in Guyana.

I guess it says something about the strange way my brain works, but when I saw the phrase “single drop” I interpreted it as a single drop of water (as in a water drop)!!! Doh!

What it in fact means is that the volume of water which falls before the first break in its fall is the largest volume of water of any waterfall in the World. Although it is not the largest height of any waterfall, at 226 metres it is still pretty high. But when one factors in the volume of water going over the edge each second, the volume in this 226 metre “sheet” of water is the largest of any waterfall in the World.

663 cubic metres of water go over the edge each second, so how would we work out the volume of water in the 226 metre height? The “single drop” volume? I will leave you to think about it, and I post the answer next week, unless someone gets it right in the comments section below.

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