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Beautiful Pictures of the World’s Biggest Waterfalls

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Waterfalls are among the most stunning natural wonders on the planet. It is awe inspiring to see broad torrents of water tumbling hundreds or even thousands of feet, often accompanied by mist moving in the opposite direction.

24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of beautiful pictures of the world’s biggest waterfalls. Some of them have familiar names, perhaps the most famous of all being Niagara Falls, also known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World. Most people have also heard of Rainbow Falls in Montana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. (Here, though, are 45 amazing places you never knew existed.)

Canada, home to Niagara Falls, accounts for no less than 15 entries on our list, but many other countries are represented as well. Iceland has five entries, Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo have three each, and India has two. Seven U.S. states are represented, as well. (Read about the most beautiful natural wonder in every state.)

Click here to see beautiful pictures of the world’s biggest waterfalls

The list also includes Chutes de Khone in Laos, the widest waterfall in the world and the reason the Mekong River is not fully navigable into China. The geography is very diverse and the area is known as “the 4,000 islands.” It’s also home to a giant catfish, said to be the world’s largest freshwater fish.

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50. Cerberus Falls
> Width: 400 ft.
> Watercourse: Icefall Brook
> Location: Canada

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49. Rheinfall
> Width: 400 ft.
> Watercourse: Rhein River
> Location: Switzerland

Source: Fremte at English Wikipedia / Wikimedia Commons

48. Kettle Falls
> Width: 440 ft.
> Watercourse: Churchill River
> Location: Canada

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47. Barron Falls
> Width: 450 ft.
> Watercourse: Barron River
> Location: Australia

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Source: Jgreenbook at English Wikipedia / Wikimedia Commons

46. Gildersleeve Falls
> Width: 520 ft.
> Watercourse: Palouse River
> Location: Washington

45. Dettifoss
> Width: 560 ft.
> Watercourse: Jökulsá á Fjöllum
> Location: Iceland

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44. Gullfoss
> Width: 575 ft.
> Watercourse: Hvítá
> Location: Iceland

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43. Grand Falls
> Width: 580 ft.
> Watercourse: Little Colorado River
> Location: Arizona

42. Louise Falls
> Width: 600 ft.
> Watercourse: Hay River
> Location: Canada

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41. Black Eagle Falls
> Width: 600 ft.
> Watercourse: Missouri River
> Location: Montana

Source: SSGT. LANCE CHEUNG / Wikimedia Commons

40. Big Falls
> Width: 600 ft.
> Watercourse: Missouri River
> Location: Montana

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39. Dei Sju Systrene
> Width: 650 ft.
> Watercourse: Knivsflåelvane
> Location: Norway

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38. Hraunfossar
> Width: 650 ft.
> Watercourse: Hallmundarhraun
> Location: Iceland

37. Urriðafoss
> Width: 750 ft.
> Watercourse: Þjórsá
> Location: Iceland

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36. Kootenai Falls
> Width: 845 ft.
> Watercourse: Kootenay River
> Location: Montana

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35. Virginia Falls
> Width: 850 ft.
> Watercourse: South Nahanni River
> Location: Canada

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34. Shoshone Falls
> Width: 925 ft.
> Watercourse: Snake River
> Location: Idaho

33. Cohoes Falls
> Width: 950 ft.
> Watercourse: Mohawk River
> Location: New York

Source: Acroterion / Wikimedia Commons

32. Rainbow Falls
> Width: 1,000 ft.
> Watercourse: Missouri River
> Location: Montana

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31. Shivasamudram Falls
> Width: 1,000 ft.
> Watercourse: Cauvery River
> Location: India

Source: Pierre André / Wikimedia Commons

30. Petite Chute à  l’Ours
> Width: 1,100 ft.
> Watercourse: Chamouchouane
> Location: Canada

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Source: Lester Kovac / Wikimedia Commons

29. Chute de Calcaire
> Width: 1,100 ft.
> Watercourse: Caniapiscau
> Location: Canada

Source: Clou / Wikimedia Commons

28. Grande Chute à l’Ours
> Width: 1,200 ft.
> Watercourse: Chamouchouane
> Location: Canada

27. Selfoss
> Width: 1,270 ft.
> Watercourse: Jökulsá á Fjöllum
> Location: Iceland

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26. Kalandula Falls
> Width: 1,350 ft.
> Watercourse: Lucala River
> Location: Angola

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25. Osprey Falls
> Width: 1,400 ft.
> Watercourse: Clearwater River
> Location: Canada

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Source: Kevin Payravi / Wikimedia Commons

24. Crooked Falls
> Width: 1,500 ft.
> Watercourse: Missouri River
> Location: Montana

Source: Mrgadget51 / Wikimedia Commons

23. Willamette Falls
> Width: 1,500 ft.
> Watercourse: Willamette River
> Location: Oregon

Source: Manjunath Undi / iStock via Getty Images

22. Jog Falls
> Width: 1,550 ft.
> Watercourse: Sharavati River
> Location: India

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Source: Nicolas Perrault II / Wikimedia Commons

21. Unnamed waterfall
> Width: 1,600 ft.
> Watercourse: Grand Baleine
> Location: Canada

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20. Sandstone Falls
> Width: 1,800 ft.
> Watercourse: New River
> Location: West Virginia

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19. Unnamed waterfall
> Width: 1,900 ft.
> Watercourse: Wheeler
> Location: Canada

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18. Chute de la Pyrite
> Width: 1,900 ft.
> Watercourse: Caniapiscau
> Location: Canada

Source: Svitlana Ozirna / Getty Images

17. Chute aux Schistes
> Width: 2,000 ft.
> Watercourse: Caniapiscau
> Location: Canada

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16. Ruacana Falls
> Width: 2,280 ft.
> Watercourse:Kunene River
> Location: Namibia

Source: Vberger / Wikimedia Commons

15. Chutes de Livingstone
> Width: 2,300 ft.
> Watercourse: Congo River
> Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Source: Alaindg / Wikimedia Commons

14. Inga Falls
> Width: 3,000 ft.
> Watercourse: Congo River
> Location: Congo River, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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13. Niagara Falls
> Width: 3,950 ft.
> Watercourse: Niagara River
> Location: Canada

Source: plummeting / Wikimedia Commons

12. Chutes Wagenia
> Width: 4,500 ft.
> Watercourse: Lualaba River
> Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

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11. Victoria Falls
> Width: 5,600 ft.
> Watercourse: Zambezi River
> Location: Zimbabwe

Source: OSU Special Collections & Archives / Wikimedia Commons

10. Celilo Falls
> Width: 5,800 ft.
> Watercourse: Columbia River
> Location: Oregon

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9. Vermillion Falls
> Width: 6,000 ft.
> Watercourse: Peace River
> Location: Canada

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8. Saltos dos Patos e Maribondo
> Width: 6,600 ft.
> Watercourse: Rio Grande
> Location: Brazil

Source: Maxhblanchet / Wikimedia Commons

7. Salto do Urubupungá
> Width: 6,600 ft.
> Watercourse: Rio Paraná
> Location: Brazil

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6. Saltos del Mocona
> Width: 6,775 ft.
> Watercourse: Rio Uruguay
> Location: Argentina

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5. Cataratas del Iguazú
> Width: 8,800 ft.
> Watercourse: Rio Iguazú
> Location: Argentina

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Source: Lengai101 / Wikimedia Commons

4. Kongou Falls
> Width: 10,500 ft.
> Watercourse: Ivindo River
> Location: Gabon

Source: Senado Federal do Brasil / Wikimedia Commons

3. Salto del Guaíra
> Width: 15,840 ft.
> Watercourse: Rio Paraná
> Location: Brazil

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2. Salto Pará
> Width: 18,400 ft.
> Watercourse: Rio Caura
> Location: Venezuela

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Source: Basile Morin / Wikimedia Commons

1. Chutes de Khone
> Width: 35,376 ft.
> Watercourse: Mekong River
> Location: Laos

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