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10 spectacular, record-setting waterfalls

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on June 29, 2015, 1:36 p.m.
Victoria falls with a rainbow

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Largest curtain of water in the world: Victoria Falls

Just to prove there are about as many ways to compare waterfalls as there are actual waterfalls, we're going to look at the record-holder for largest curtain of water. The winner is the outstandingly beautiful and weird Victoria Falls, which lies on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

This waterfall rushes into a deep chasm, making it look like the river is disappearing into a mist-filled hole. That alone is pretty neat, but Victoria Falls adds in even more flare.

The falls is 5,604 feet across and 354 feet in height. While the flow is split into smaller channels during the dry season, during times when the river is high, the tiny islands that split the water disappear and the falls create the largest curtain of falling water anywhere on earth.