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    Do the Falls Freeze over in the Winter?

    Do the Niagara Falls Freeze over in the Winter?

    Yes and No...... We'll try to explain
    The tremendous volume of water never stops flowing, However, the falling
    water and mist create ice formations along the banks of the falls and river.
    This can result in mounds of ice as thick as fifty feet. If the Winter is cold for
    long enough, the ice will completely stretch across the river and form what
    is known as the "ice bridge". This ice bridge can extend for several miles
    down river until it reaches the area known as the lower rapids.
    Until 1912,visitors were allowed to actually walk out on the ice bridge and


     



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    view the Falls from below. February 24th of 1888 the local newspaper
    reported that at least 20,000 people watched or tobogganed on the ice.
    Shanties selling liquor, photographs and curiosities abounded. On February
    4th 1912 the ice bridge broke up and three tourists lives were lost.

    There can also be a great deal of "mini-icebergs" which flow down the
    Niagara River from frozen Lake Erie. The flow of ice has been reduced
    considerably by the yearly installation of the "ice-boom" on Lake Erie. The
    ice-boom is a long floating chain (2miles- 3.2 KM) of steel floats strung across
    the Niagara River from Buffalo New York to Fort Erie Ontario.
    It is set in place during the month of December and removed during the
    month of March or April. It is maintained by the New York State Power
    Authority. The ice boom helps prevent the ice from clogging the river and most
    importantly the hydroelectric companies water intakes.

    Spring Ice flowing underneath the North Grand Island Bridge
    HOWEVER.... The flow of water was stopped completely over both falls
    on March 29th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river for several hours. This
    is the only known time to have occurred. The Falls did not actually freeze
    over, but the flow was stopped to the point where people actually walked out
    and recovered artifacts from the riverbed!






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    really good geographical post mrina..very informative...good one....

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    Such a good post,

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