Where the most powerful "waterfalls" of our planet are hidden

Where the most powerful "waterfalls" of our planet are hidden
Where the most powerful "waterfalls" of our planet are hidden

The largest "waterfalls" on our planet are located not on land, but in the ocean - next to Iceland.

It is believed that Victoria Falls is the largest on Earth (2 km wide), and Angel Falls is the highest (979 m). But this is on land. There are no less large "waterfalls" in the ocean. They are surrounded by water and are located deep below the surface of the sea. For example, the "waterfall" located between Iceland and Scotland, near the Faroe Islands, is one of the most powerful of its kind.

Where the Norwegian Sea meets the North Atlantic Ocean, there is a narrow and incredibly deep strait through which the waters flow in a continuous stream. They are so cold and they have such a high density that the stream plummets into an underwater gorge.

This "heavy river" crosses one of the deepest parts of the Greenland-Scotland ridge and creates a massive underwater cascade. In fact, water falls into the Atlantic from a height of 840 meters.

Recent studies have revealed that most of the water that feeds the "waterfall" near the Faroe Islands comes from the East Icelandic Current. In the neighboring parallel strait between Iceland and Greenland, a giant "waterfall" is also hidden, which is four times the size of Angel Falls (about four kilometers). When its cold waters meet the waters that have passed the Faroe Islands on the other side of Iceland, the two streams form a powerful current rushing into the Atlantic.

These two "waterfalls" are key arteries that play an important role in the circulation of the ocean. They carry cold waters to the south, and back, along a different, not so deep path, warm water comes to the north. This exchange is the main regulator of the global climate system.

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