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Of the three major falls in the Niagara Gorge, the Horseshoe Falls stands at 53 meters high and 780 meters wide while yielding approximately 202,000 cubic feet per second between all the falls combined during the high flow season between spring and summer. The low season is during our winter and only yields about 50,000 cubic feet per second. The American falls are 21-30 meters high due to a large number of boulders at its base. The hydroelectric power is harnessed by employing gates upstream that divert the flow of the water at night to gain energy from the awesome power of the falls. Many people are fascinated by the green color of the water and they are curious about the reason behind it. The reason is simply due to the erosion of the river itself, it is full of minerals and limestone that naturally erode and create that colour. The erosion will slowly cause the falls to disappear entirely and they predict that this will happen in 50,000 years. The falls were created about 10,000 years ago when the Wisconsin glaciers melted away to form the great lakes. The Great Lake of Erie overflows and created the Niagara River that flows down the Niagara Gorge and into Lake Ontario. The falls were created as water flowing over the Gorge area eroded the limestone and Lockport dolostone rocks. These rocks erode slowly but the formation was mainly full of shale, which erodes easily; hence the gorge was created leading water into lake Ontario. The Niagara River has been eroding much slower the last few hundred years but even at this new low eroding rate we can expect the falls to stop flowing in about 50,000 years. Even the falls themselves have been moving. 10,000 years ago the falls were located 10 km north up stream. Erosion and falling debris and rocks have made it possible over the long periods of time and we don’t expect it to stop changing anytime soon. So check out the great Canadian Niagara Falls and witness a true world wonder. For expert advice don’t hesitate to contact Niagara Toronto Tours, they are great people with tons of experience touring Toronto and Niagara Falls.