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10 spectacular, record-setting waterfalls

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on June 29, 2015, 1:36 p.m.
Palouse falls at twilight

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Largest descent over a waterfall: Palouse Falls

The waterfall itself isn't the record-setter in this case but rather a human who went over it in a kayak -- but it's spectacularly beautiful, so we had to include it.

Palouse Falls in Washington state is a 198-foot waterfall that tumbles into a beautiful pool of water. It is this falls that Tyler Bradt, a professional kayaker, chose to set a world record for the largest descent over a waterfall. The falls is made of a roughly 20-foot upper falls and the 180-foot lower falls. Bradt and his kayak set the record on the lower falls.

According to National Geographic, the previous record for the largest descent was set only a few weeks before this one, on a 127-foot waterfall in the Amazon. This new record with its extra 53 feet will likely hold for a long time to come.