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Niagara Whirlpool

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 25 October 2017 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Niagara Whirlpool is a natural whirlpool along the Niagara River located along the Canada–U.S. border between New York and Ontario. The whirlpool is located in the Niagara Gorge, downstream from Niagara Falls. The whirlpool's greatest depth is 125 feet.

It is estimated that the whirlpool formed approximately 4,200 years ago by the upstream erosion of the Niagara Escarpment by the Niagara River. Niagara Falls is located along the boundary of the Niagara Escarpment and has been "retreating" upstream since its formation. During this normally slow process, the retreating falls intersected with an ancient pre-glacial river bed inside Saint David's Buried Gorge. During the retreat of ice from the Wisconsinan glaciation of the last glacial period, the gorge was filled with loose sediment and rock. When the falls intersected with this buried gorge, the river quickly washed away the filled-in silt and rocks. The ancient buried gorge was nearly perpendicular to the Niagara River. This sharp and sudden change in direction of water flow, coupled with the rapid flow of water exiting the Niagara Gorge (speeds as high as 30 feet per second), resulted in turbulent swirling of the river. Further erosion of the harder rock has resulted in a rounded basin that extends just to the side of the actual river's course.

The whirlpool naturally spins in a counterclockwise motion during normal flow. When more water from the river is diverted to the surrounding hydroelectric power plants, however, the flow often reverses.

Photo captured September 25, 2017.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine scenery. The description is interesting and opens the picture a lot more than a mere headache. Thank you for letting it so extensively.

25 Oct 2017 5:20am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Très belle photo !
Bonne journée

25 Oct 2017 6:09am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Wonderful landscape. Amazing color of water.

25 Oct 2017 6:56am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel bleu et blanc presque vert clair l'eau sueprbe avec la végétation

25 Oct 2017 7:25am

yo from Ile de France, France

Magnifique point de vue sur le tourbillon et les bords abrupts des gorges !

25 Oct 2017 7:32am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautiful riverscape

25 Oct 2017 7:35am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

Very Wonderful!!!

25 Oct 2017 7:54am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful view ! amazing !

25 Oct 2017 9:11am

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25 Oct 2017 9:37am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Wonderful this view

25 Oct 2017 10:07am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Splendid image !!

25 Oct 2017 10:32am

Marité from France

Superbe contraste des couleurs ! Merci pour cette belle prise de vue !
Bonne journée.

25 Oct 2017 11:10am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Très belle prise!

25 Oct 2017 11:11am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

YOur viewpoints for these images is stunning.

25 Oct 2017 12:14pm

Adrienne from Round Rock, United States

Wow! So beautiful!

25 Oct 2017 1:32pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Can't top that vantage point, and the image quality is superb.

25 Oct 2017 1:47pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Great power here ! A magnificent picture !

25 Oct 2017 3:16pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of the whirlpool. The way it was formed is very interesting.

25 Oct 2017 3:21pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Yessss Fantastic!

25 Oct 2017 6:14pm

willy from Belgium

un vrai régal pour les yeux Steven...

et des informations intéressantes

belle soirée

25 Oct 2017 6:19pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

fantastic wild landscape!

25 Oct 2017 6:23pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Great shot! I love it

25 Oct 2017 6:30pm

Yvon from Belgium

Very nice compo.

25 Oct 2017 7:29pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

splendide ... )

25 Oct 2017 8:26pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Love it!

25 Oct 2017 8:32pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image of the whirlpool and interesting information.

25 Oct 2017 8:49pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is another excellent image.

25 Oct 2017 9:51pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

It is amazing how this whirlpool was formed. Great information! I don't think that I would want to get stuck in it. A gorgeous image!

26 Oct 2017 1:27am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

rugged cliffs, churning water, lovely shot

26 Oct 2017 2:50am

Remus from Portugal

In other words, nature creates spectacular locations and fantastic conditions.

26 Oct 2017 3:03pm