Victoria Falls, Rhodesia, Africa

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The Zambesi (zåm-b´ z) River rises on the border of Congo Free State in Central Africa. It flows southwest for 600 miles at a height of almost a mile above sea level. In Rhodesia it breaks out of the central highlands in the Victoria Falls. These Falls are much larger than Niagara Falls. The amount of water that pours over them in a year is probably greater than goes over Niagara in the same time. And the falls are much higher and wider. The waters of the Zambesi plunge downward about 400 feet over the rocks, and the river here is over a mile wide. The thunder of its downpour can be heard for miles away. Add to the grandeur of the falls the richness of a half-tropical plant life on the shores and the glory of the place is made much greater. In some ways, however, the Victoria Falls are not so grand as the Niagara. The spray is so heavy over the Zambesi that the view is shut off a little distance away. At the Niagara Falls one can get a slight of the whole wonder at one time. Then, too, during the dry season the Victoria Falls do not have enough water to cover many of the rocks. In the wet season the water is muddy. The water at Niagara is clear, and it does not vary a great deal in amount during the year. The famous missionary and explorer, Livingstone, discovered Victoria Falls in 1855. Just above the falls, in the distance, you can see the island on which Livingstone landed when he first saw them. Just below the falls a railway bridge spans the gorge. It was built in 1905. It is an eighth of a mile long, and is over 400 feet above the water. Find out all you can about Livingstone's travels in Africa. Locate the following waterfalls: Yosemite; Yellowstone; Niagara. Keystone ID: 17004 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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