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Which Are The Widest Waterfalls In The World?

At 35,376 feet wide​, Khone Falls in South East Asia is the widest waterfall in the world.

Six of the widest waterfalls in the world are found in South America. Salto Pará, the second widest waterfall in the world at 18,400 feet, is found in Venezuela. The 3rd (Salto del Guaíra, 15,840 feet), 7th (Salto do Urubupunga, 6,600 feet), and 8th (Saltos dos Patos e Maribondo, 6,600 feet) widest waterfalls are found in Brazil, and the 5th (Cataratas del Iguazú, 8,800 feet) and 6th (Saltos del Mocona, 6,775 feet) widest waterfalls are located in Argentina.

Khone Falls

At 35,376 feet wide, Khone Falls in South East Asia is the widest waterfall in the world. The Mekong River, running along the border of Laos and Cambodia, splits into hundreds of channels, with a multitude of falls and rapids. Of all the falls in the world, Khone Falls produces the highest amount of water, 410,000 cfs, about twice the amount of water produced by the Niagara Falls. The area around the falls is known as the "4,000 Islands" due to the thousands of islands throughout the river.

Salto Para Falls

Salto Para Falls is located in Venezuela, South America and forms a part of the Caura River. The waterfall is 18,400 feet wide. The flow rate of water at this waterfall is about 3540 cubic meters per minute. Salto Para Falls is the largest waterfall in Venezuela by volume. This waterfall has the shape of a half-moon, forming where two parts of the river come together and drop some 200 feet down. On each side of the river is lush, green vegetation.

Chukes Kongou Falls

Chukes Kongou Falls is located in Gabon, Africa. The waterfall is 10,500 feet wide. This waterfall is located inside the Ivindo National Park, which aims to conserve the biodiversity present in this site that is teeming with life. This well-known waterfall holds the reputation of being the most beautiful waterfall in the region. Along this region of Ivindo River, there is a rich biodiversity of fish species. In 2007, the president of Gabon had announced plans to construct a dam on the falls to supply water to a neighboring mining site. The plans were cancelled due to strong resistance from citizens.

Mocona Falls

This unique waterfall is located at the border of Argentina and Brazil, along the Uruguay River. The name Mocona means “to swallow everything." The Mocona Falls are unique in that they form parallel to the river. Due to its unique formation, Mocona Falls attracts a large number of tourists.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is the name given to three waterfalls located at the border between Canada and the United States. Specifically, they lie at the border between the Ontario Province of Canada and the New York state of the US. Arranged from the smallest to the largest, the three falls are the Bridal Veil Falls, the American Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie at the border of the two countries while both the Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls are entirely in the US. These falls have a vertical drop of 165 feet and are popular for having the highest flow rate of 150 cubic meters per minute. American Falls is 1,060 feet wide, Horseshoe Falls is 2,600 feet wide, and the Bridal Veil Falls is 56 feet wide.

Which Are The Widest Waterfalls In The World?

RankWaterfallWidthCountry
1Chutes de Khone35,376 feetLaos
2Salto Pará18,400 feetVenezuela
3Salto del Guaíra15,840 feetBrazil
4Kongou Falls10,500 feetGabon
5Cataratas del Iguazú8,800 feetArgentina
6Saltos del Mocona6,775 feetArgentina
7Salto do Urubupunga6,600 feetBrazil
8Saltos dos Patos e Maribondo6,600 feetBrazil
9Vermilion Falls6,000 feetCanada
10Celilo Falls5,800 feetUnited States
11Victoria Falls5,600 feetZimbabwe
12Chutes Wagenia4,500 feetDemocratic Republic of the Congo
13Niagara Falls3,950 feetCanada/United States
14Inga Falls3,000 feetDemocratic Republic of the Congo
15Chutes de Livingstone2,300 feetDemocratic Republic of the Congo

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