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Niagara Falls
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.34

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     challenging words:    jetdome, riverbed, erosion, spectacular, series, actually, pipes, honeymoon, rate, sheets, underground, romantic, separate, upper, several, view
     content words:    Niagara Falls, New York, Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls, Great Lakes, Lake Ontario, In March, Niagara River, Annie Taylor, Veil Falls


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Niagara Falls
By Kathleen W. Redman
  

1     Do you like water? Really, really like water? Do you think you would like 150,000 gallons of water? How about water going over a 176-foot cliff at the rate of 150,000 gallons per second? There is only one place in the world where you can see that. As a matter of fact, you can even take a boat trip around the bottom of the falls.
 
2     Where is all this water? It is at a place called Niagara Falls, located on the border between New York and Canada. It is really three separate waterfalls-Canadian/Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and American Falls. Together they are called Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls connects the four upper Great Lakes with Lake Ontario through a series of gorges.
 
3     Even in modern times, man has never been able to completely control the water flow. Much of the water goes through underground pipes to power stations nearby. The water flow was stopped completely one time, but not by man. In March 1848, there was an ice jam in the upper Niagara River for several hours. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the water was stopped long enough for people to walk out on the riverbed!

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