Iguazu Falls Facts for Kids

A Picture of the Iguazu Falls Waterfall
  • Waterfall Name: Iguazu Falls
  • Type of Waterfall: Cataract Waterfall
  • Waterfall Height: 269 Feet
  • Total Drops: 275
  • Location: Argentina and Brazil, South America
  • GPS Cordinates: 25°41’12″S 54°26’41″W

19 Iguazu Falls Facts for Kids

  1. Iguazu Falls is a waterfall in both Argentina and Brazil in South America.
  2. Iguazu Falls is most well-known for being one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
  3. 80% of the Iguazu Falls is in Argentina and 20% is in Brazil.
  4. On the Argentina side, the Iguazu Falls waterfall is in the Argentine province of Misiones.
  5. On the Brazil side, the Iguazu Falls waterfall is in the Brazilian state of Paraná.
  6. Iguazu Falls is a cataract type of waterfall. A cataract is a very powerful waterfall.
  7. Iguazu Falls is part of the watercourse of the Iguazu River.
  8. The first European to discover Iguazu Falls was Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541.
  9. The highest point of the Iguazu Falls waterfall is 306 feet.
  10. The widest point of the Iguazu Falls waterfall is 8,858 feet.
  11. Iguazu Falls waterfall is one of the widest waterfalls in the world.
  12. The Iguazu Falls waterfall has 275 different water drops.
  13. The Iguazu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the world with 275 different waterfall drops.
  14. All the different water drops at Iguazu Falls collectively create a series of rainbows. The rainbows are created by the mist produced by the waterfalls and sunlight.
  15. The average water flow rate for the Iguazu Falls waterfall is 62,010 cubic feet per second.
  16. Iguazu Falls waterfall has the ninth largest flow rate in the world.
  17. The highest water flow rate recorded at the Iguazu Falls waterfall was over 1.6 million cubic feet per second.
  18. The most intense part of the Iguazu Falls waterfall is called the Devil’s Throat.
  19. It’s estimated that half of the water flow from the Iguazu River falls through the Devil’s Throat.

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