This Is How The Niagara Falls Looked In 1969 When It Was Dried Up

You might not even recognize it as the Niagara Falls!

This Is How The Niagara Falls Looked In 1969 When It Was Dried Up
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What image comes to mind when someone says 'Niagara Falls?' Obviously, the image must be that of the spectacular waterfall that lies between the USA and Canada. The image must be that of the wide falls, with gushing water and unparalleled beauty. Much of the falls' beauty is due to the wide stream of gushing water. But have you wondered what it would look like if we took all that water away?

Well, you don't need to imagine it, because it has already once happened in history. And it absolutely changed the look of the whole location.

Check it out.

This is the Niagara Falls

This is the Niagara Falls

And every time someone takes its name, this is the very image we get in our minds.

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It's known for its great, semicircular width

It's known for its great, semicircular width
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It is one of the biggest tourist attractions, and very much deserves to be so! But what happens if the river dries up?

In 1969, the falls ran dry due to an ongoing geological study

In 1969, the falls ran dry due to an ongoing geological study
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The study had to do with the geological composition of the falls, and it required that the Niagara River be diverted from the falls. This was achieved by creating a cofferdam upstream, and this resulted in the Niagara Falls running dry.

Two corpses were discovered in the area

Two corpses were discovered in the area
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The number was quite surprising, though, as there were numerous suicides and accidents that have happened there in the past.

But the drying up of the falls didn't dampen tourist attraction

But the drying up of the falls didn't dampen tourist attraction
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This was because the tourists were excited to hunt for coins that were thrown into the river decades ago.

Engineers and scientists did their charm

Engineers and scientists did their charm
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Numerous instruments were installed to monitor rock movements, and holes were drilled to relieve hydrostatic pressure at points.

It was an opportunity to amp up the beauty.

It was an opportunity to amp up the beauty.
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The drying up of the falls provided an opportunity to make some aesthetic changes to the place...

However, changes were not made to the place...

However, changes were not made to the place...
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It was so concluded because the efforts needed to make those changes were too much, compared to the increase in the aesthetic beauty that it would provide.

In November 1969, the cofferdam was removed...

In November 1969, the cofferdam was removed...
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And thus, the Niagara Falls was restored to its original beauty.

Have you ever visited the Niagara Falls?