Interpreting the Evidence
Niagara Falls, c. 1890
Suggested Teaching Instructions
American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, view from below, Niagara Falls, circa 1890.
Niagara Falls is a set of massive waterfalls located on the Niagara River in eastern North America on the border between the United States and Canada. The falls is the second-largest falls in the world after Victoria Falls in southern Africa. Niagara Falls is made up of three different falls: Bridal Veil Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and the American Falls.
Niagara Falls is only 12,000 years old. It was created by the glaciers pressing down on the land and gouging out the surface, and then melting and releasing large amounts of water. The falls are a valuable source of hydroelectric power for both Ontario and New York.
How does geography influence human settlement patterns and economic systems?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in this photograph and explain how geography influenced New York's settlement and economy.
Niagara Falls was the subject of what international treaty?
Science: What is hydroelectric power, and how does it work?
English Language Arts: Create a travel brochure for people visiting Niagara Falls. Include five interesting facts about the falls.