One of the 7 Wonders of the World

Trip Start Jan 30, 2009
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

We paid our $20 US dollars each and made our way to a view that has been talked about since man first set his eyes on it "Victoria Falls". The pictures do not do it justice.

The first European to see the falls was David Livingstone on 17 November 1855, during his 1852-56 journey from the upper Zambezi to the mouth of the river.

Livingstone had been told about the falls before he reached them from upriver and was paddled across to a small island that now bears the name Livingstone Island. Livingstone had previously been impressed by the Ngonye Falls further upstream, but found the new falls much more impressive, and gave them their English name in honor of Queen Victoria. He wrote of the falls, "No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." Until the area was opened up by the building of the railway in 1905, though, the falls were seldom visited by other Europeans.

The falls are formed as the full width of the river plummets in a single vertical drop into a transverse chasm 5604 ft wide, carved by its waters along a fracture zone in the basalt plateau. The depth of the chasm, called the First Gorge, varies from 262 ft at its western end to 360 ft in the center. The only outlet to the First Gorge is a 360 ft gap about two-thirds of the way across the width of the falls from the western end, through which the whole volume of the river pours into the Victoria Falls gorges. At a rate of 264,000 gallons a second!
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