Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls Quiz
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.
How do some people classify the various types of waterfalls?
- by water type
- configuration and shape
Which is the world's tallest waterfall?
- Angel Falls
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?
In which state did eight people die in 1999 when a landslide struck at a busy waterfall?
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?
What type of waterfall might be the most powerful and dangerous?
- 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?
The Iguazu Falls are on the border of Argentina and what other country?
How many distinct drops make up the Iguazu Falls system?
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?
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?
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?
What is the widest single drop waterfall on Earth?
- Victoria Falls
- Kaieteur Falls
Where is the Denmark cataract?
- under a forest canopy
- under a city
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?
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?
- New Zealand
- New Mexico
What's the world record for kayaking over a waterfall?