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Seven Most Wonderful Waterfalls in the World – Iguazu Falls

Seven Most Wonderful Waterfalls in the World – Iguazu Falls

The forth wonder waterfall on earth is in South America, where two mighty rivers converge. This is a truly massive and astoundingly impressive sight to see, the volumes of water involved being as colossal as any other comparable set of falls. The Iguazu name comes from the Guarani or Tupi word meaning “great water.” Legend has it that a god planned to marry a lovely native girl, who fled with her mortal lover in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

Seven Most Wonderful Waterfalls in the World – Angel Falls

Seven Most Wonderful Waterfalls in the World – Angel Falls

Not that volume alone is important from the point of view of the spectator. When the drop of the falls is spectacular, then so is the spectacle.  To be utterly dwarfed by the sight you see is completely awesome. The Angel Falls, with a total height of 3,212 feet, are the world’s highest waterfall, with the tallest single span of falling water on the planet. The Venezuelan Penom people called ‘Kerepakupai merú’ – “waterfall of the deepest place”. James “Jimmy” Angel made it known to the world in October 1937.  This incredible wonder of the natural world really does have to be seen to be believed.

CORAL CASTLE – Nine-ton Gate

CORAL CASTLE – Nine-ton Gate

The Nine-ton Gate is truly a monument to Ed’s genius. The gate, originally used as a turnstile, is perfectly mounted and balanced so that a child can open it with the touch of a finger -a remarkable achievement considering its size and weight. The gate is approximately 80 inches wide by 92 inches tall and is 21 inches thick. The gate fits within a quarter of an inch of the walls on both sides. The mystery of the Nine-ton Gate has been documented on TV’s “In Search or’, “That’s lncredible” and “P.M. Magazine.” Publications ranging from Reader’s Digest to the National Enquirer have sent reporters to the castle and numerous scientists and engineers have tried to seek the answer to this seemingly impossible feat. No one could discover how the diminuitive creator found the perfect center of gravity enabling the gate to be opened by the simple push of a finger.

The Nine-ton Gate at the Coral Castle

Then, in 1986, the gate stopped opening. A team of engineers was brought in for consultation. In order to remove the gate, six men and a 50 ton crane were utilized. Once the gate was removed. it was discovered that Ed had centered and balanced the nine-ton piece of rock on an old truck bearing. He had drilled an almost perfectly round hole from top to bottom of the eight-foot-tall gate with no electric tools. Today , a laser-controlled high speed drill would be used to do the same work.

The Nine-ton Gate, complete with new bearings, a replaced shaft, new lubrication and a re-bonding of the stone pieces with a state- of-the-art adhesive, was lifted and set back into place on July 23rd, 1986.