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This remarkable place is filled with so much history and fascination.
Victoria Falls also known as "Mosi oa-Tunya" ("the smoke that thunders") is positioned almost exactly half way along the mighty Zambezi River's 2700 km journey from its source to the sea.
Here the river plunges headlong into a 100m vertical chasm spanning the full one-and-a-half kilometre width of the river.
Creating the biggest curtain of falling water in the world and also one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The power of the falls is awesome with the highest ever flow recorded in 1958 ) when it reached more than 700 000 cubic meters of water a minute. The water in the gorges rose 18 metres (60 feet) above its normal flood level.
This constant pounding by the currents of the mighty Zambezi has, over the millennium, cut through the rock faults and fissures and carved out not one but eight successive precipices (and now the ninth has begun).
When our early ancestors inhabited this area some 1.5 million years ago , they would have seen a different Victoria falls to he one we see today.
Being one of the greatest physical spectacles in Africa it stands to reason that it has attracted so much much interest from us humans over time and therefore the area is steeped in history and mystery.
In November 1855 Dr David Livingstone was transported in a canoe by the local Makalolo people to the very edge of these falls.
The sensitive Scotsman was so overwhelmed by his first sight of these spectacular falls, that he momentarily abandoned his scientific observations and recorded.
"It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight".
Loyally the good missionary, whose heart lies buried in Africa, named this great wonder of the world after Victoria, his British queen.
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Well framed by the foreground for great depth and atmosphere. Excellent image and useful note. In a paper soon to be published by a prominent scientist it will be shown how the Victoria Falls will eventually disappear through backward migration and stream capture. I attended the presentation and look forward to seeing it in print. Best wishes.
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thisis wonderful. Really a wonderful capture that depict the world's famous place.
This is really an enviable shot, to be ble to be there in Victoria is a great experience.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing this view as it is something precious in this world.