Kardtects is focusing to bring more joyful dimensions to the building and designing of their unique Building Cards. One of the aims is to allow a Kardtect (card architect) to create real scenes, not just with the buildings themselves, but also with the landscape.
As such a range of water card features have been added, including, waterfalls. These are fabulous cards can make a fantastic backdrop to a scene, or even be part of the buildings themselves, with water twisting, turning and ultimately flooding over an edge.
The element of cascading water gives the illusion of sound and movement to picture, and we enjoy seeing the many examples our builders have incorporated them into their designs.
Here are ten amazing facts about waterfalls around the world:
- The tallest waterfall in the world is the Angel Falls at Venezuela. There the water falls an incredible 979 m (3,212 ft). The fall is so long that at warmer times of the year the water turns into mist even before it reaches the stream below.
- Waterfalls can be classified into specific types. There are many types of waterfalls and it is possible for a waterfall to fit more than one category. The types are Ledge, Block, Cascade, Cataract, Chute, Fan, Frozen, Horsetail, Multi-step, Plunge, Punchbowl and Segmented.
- They are also can be grouped in ‘Classes’ which are valued by the volume of water that falls from them. Class 10 waterfalls include Niagara Falls, Khone Falls and Inga Falls. Victoria Falls (Class 9), Gullfoss (Class 8), Angel Falls (Class 7), Yosemite Falls (Class 6), Sutherland Falls (Class 5).
- Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe are locally known as ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ which means ‘the smoke that thunders’, the sound of the falling water can be heard from over 40km away!
- The spray from Victoria falls make the River Zambezi Rain Forest the only place that receives rainfall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Niagara Falls, which creates a natural border between Canada and the United States, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
- About 28,000,000 (that’s 28 million!) litres of water travel down Niagara Falls every second!
- The first person to ever go over Niagara Falls in a barrel was a courageous 63-year-old teacher, named Annie Edson Taylor. It was on her birthday, October 24, 1901.
- Iguazu Falls are widely considered the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Visitors are often overwhelmed by their sheer magnificence. At one point along the edge of the falls, an observer can stand and be surrounded by 260 degrees of waterfalls. On her first site of the Iguazu Falls, the United States first lady Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed: “Poor Niagara!”. The falls are shared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil). The two parks were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987, respectively.
- The 80 foot high McWay Falls in California is one of two (other being Alamere Falls) that drops directly into the ocean. These types of waterfalls are called ‘Tidefalls’.
Here is a video to watch where a waterfall flowing out of the jungle ruin is constructed:
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