Waterfalls

Largest sheet of falling water - Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls has the biggest falling curtain of water in the world. It is 1.7km wide, with a single drop of 108m. However, it is not the highest and not the widest, but it is the largest sheet of falling water.

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Biggest Three Waterfalls

                       Victoria            Niagara            Iguazu
Height                  108m                51m               64-82m (2 drops: biggest and total)
Width                  1700m               1203m              2700m
Mean annual flow rate  1088m3/s            2407m3/s           1746m3/s
Highest recorded flow 12600m3/s            8269m3/s          12800m3/s
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls


Tallest Waterfalls
                                 Height    Tallest drop
1.  Angel Falls, Venezuela         979m         807m
2.  Tugela Falls, South Africa     948m         411m
3.  Three Sisters Falls, Peru      914m
4.  Olo'upena Falls, Hawaii, USA   900m
5.  Yumbilla, Peru                 896m
6.  Vinnufossen, Norway            860m         420m
...
9.  James Bruce Falls, BC, Canada  840m
17. Mutarazi Falls, Zimbabwe       762m         479m
20. Yosemite Falls, CA, USA        739m         436m
116.Ndedema Falls, South Africa    457m
336.Pungwe Falls, Nyanga, Zimbabwe 243m
352.Elands River Falls, Mpum, SA   228m         228m
487.Marmore Falls, Umbria, Italy   165m          80m (3 drops)

Angel Falls
Angel Falls

Tugela Falls
Tugela Falls


Augrabies Falls
Augrabies Falls


Marmore Falls
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Marmore Falls Marmore Falls


Lakes

Lake Malawi Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi

Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario
Largest Lakes by Surface Area
1. Caspian Sea - Asia - 371 000 km2 (* saltwater)
2. Lake Superior - North America - 82 100 km2
3. Lake Victoria - Africa - 68 800 km2
4. Lake Huron - North America - 59 600 km2
5. Lake Michigan - North America - 57 800 km2
6. Lake Tanganyika - Africa - 32 900 km2
7. Lake Baikal - Asia - 30 500 km2
8. Great Bear Lake - North America - 31 328 km2
9. Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) - Africa - 30 044 km2
10. Great Slave Lake - North America - 28 568 km2
11. Lake Erie - 25 700 km2
12. Lake Winnipeg - 23 600 km2
13. Lake Ontario - 19 500 km2
14. Lake Balkhash - 18 400 km2
15. Lake Ladoga - 18 100 km2
16. Lake Vostok - 15 700 km2
17. Lake Onega - 9 900 km2
18. Lake Titicaca - 8 100 km2


Lake Fundudzi is largest lake in South Africa (Soutpansberg,Limpopo province, between Thohoyandou and Louis Trichardt)


Largest Lakes by Volume
0. Caspian Sea 78 700 km3 saltwater
1. Lake Baikal - Asia 23 600 km3
(approximately 20% of Earth's fresh surface water)
2. Lake Tanganyika- Africa - 18 900 km3
3. Lake Superior - North America - 11 600 km3
4. Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) - Africa - 7725 km3
5. Lake Michigan - North America - 4900 km3
6. Lake Huron - North America - 3540 km3
7. Lake Victoria - Africa - 2700 km3
8. Great Bear Lake - North America - 2236 km3
9. Issyk-Kul (Ysyk-Kol) - Asia - 1730 km3
10. Lake Ontario - North America - 1710 km3


Deepest Lakes in the World
1. Lake Baikal - Asia - 1637 m
2. Lake Tanganyika - Africa - 1470 m
3. Caspian Sea - Asia - 1025 m
4. O'Higgins Lake (San Martin Lake) - South America - 836 m
5. Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) - Africa - 706 m


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