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Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls Quiz
by Staff
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

How do some people classify the various types of waterfalls?

  • by water type
  • height
  • configuration and shape

Which is the world's tallest waterfall?

  • Utigord
  • Angel Falls
  • Tugela

Which waterfall has a road that lets you drive behind it?

  • Yahoo Falls, Kentucky
  • Bridal Veil Falls, North Carolina
  • Tower Fall, Wyoming

What type of waterfall is Niagara Falls?

  • block
  • cascade
  • plunge

In which state did eight people die in 1999 when a landslide struck at a busy waterfall?

  • Hawaii
  • Washington
  • Colorado

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.

How many falls make up Niagara Falls?

  • two
  • three
  • four

What type of waterfall might be the most powerful and dangerous?

  • cascade
  • cataract
  • horsetail waterfalls

Why are the huge Tyssestrengene falls in Norway often dry?

  • long drought
  • used for power purposes
  • water diverted for agriculture

A glacier is the source for which super-tall waterfall?

  • Utigord
  • Monge
  • Espelands

The Iguazu Falls are on the border of Argentina and what other country?

  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Peru

How many distinct drops make up the Iguazu Falls system?

  • 72
  • 142
  • 275

How high is the Yosemite waterfall in Yosemite National Park?

  • 912 feet
  • 2,425 feet
  • 2,902 feet

How many subterranean waterfalls are part of the Trummelbach Falls system in Switzerland?

  • 21
  • 72
  • 132

Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, is so loud that you can supposedly hear it from what distance?

  • 10 miles
  • 15 miles
  • 25 miles

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

What happens to a stream's velocity as it nears a waterfall's edge?

  • It accelerates.
  • It slows a little.
  • It remains the same.

Where is the Gullfoss waterfall located?

  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland

East of the Rocky Mountains, what is the widest waterfall that has only a single drop?

  • Icy Falls
  • Taughannock Falls
  • Kaieteur Falls

In what year did the huge Gocta Cataracts first become known to the wider world?

  • 1805
  • 2005
  • 1905

What is the widest single drop waterfall on Earth?

  • Dudhsagar
  • Victoria Falls
  • Kaieteur Falls

Where is the Denmark cataract?

  • under a forest canopy
  • under a city
  • underwater

How tall is the Denmark Strait cataract?

  • 4,000 feet
  • 8,300 feet
  • 11,500 feet

Where is Three Chute Falls?

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Zion National Park

The Seven Sisters waterfall in Norway is an example of which kind of waterfall?

  • tiered
  • segmented
  • plunge

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.

Plunge waterfalls always start from what kind of source?

  • narrow stream
  • wide river
  • high-volume spring

Where are the Sutherlands Falls located?

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • New Mexico

What's the world record for kayaking over a waterfall?

  • 64 feet
  • 89 feet
  • 189 feet