List of waterfalls by flow rate

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Canadian side of the Niagara Falls. Horseshoe Falls as viewed from Skylon Tower
Aerial view of the Iguazu Falls from a helicopter
Victoria Falls

This list of waterfalls by flow rate in the world includes waterfalls that have a flow rate of more than 1000 m³/s. This list is sorted by mean annual flow rate of the waterfall by default, but can also be sorted by other criteria, such as width, power, etc.

Extant and submerged waterfalls[edit]

Waterfall Mean annual flow rate (m³/s) Tallest single drop (m) Width (m) Power (GW) River Countries
Boyoma Falls 17,000[1] (estm) 5[1] 1372[1] 0.83 Lualaba Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
Guaíra Falls (submerged) 13,300[2] 40 5.22 Parana Brazil Brazil
Paraguay Paraguay
Khone Phapheng Falls 11,610[1] 21 [1] 10783[1] 2.39 Mekong Laos Laos
Celilo Falls (submerged) 5415[1] 7[1] 3219[1] 0.37 Columbia United States United States
Niagara Falls 2407[1] 51[1] 1203[1] 1.20 Niagara Canada Canada
United States United States
Iguazú Falls 1746[1] 82[1] 2700[1] 1.40 Iguazú Argentina Argentina
Brazil Brazil
Victoria Falls 1088 [1] 108[1] 1708[1] 1.15 Zambezi Zambia Zambia
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

The first five waterfalls by power (Guaíra, Khone Phapheng, Iguazú, Niagara and Victoria) are called the Great Five Waterfalls.[3][4]

Prehistoric waterfalls[edit]

Waterfall Maximum daily flow rate (m³/s) Tallest single drop (m) Width (m) River Countries
Dry Falls 1,906,000[5] 350 4828 Columbia United States United States
Bosphorus (Black Sea deluge hypothesis) 482,407[6] 80 Bosphorus Strait Turkey Turkey

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r World Waterfalls Website accessed 15 November 2013
  2. ^ "Guaíra, Salto del at the World Waterfall Database". Archived from the original on 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  3. ^ Г. Т. Арсеев. Водопады. — М.: Мысль, 1987. — С. 14. — 127 с.
  4. ^ В. И. Задорожный, К. В. Зворыкин. Методология и региональные физико-географические исследования. — М.: Географическое общество СССР, 1975. — С. 60. — 78 с.
  5. ^ The Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington, United States Geological Survey, retrieved 2012-03-15
  6. ^ Ryan, W.B.F.; Pitman III, W.C., et al. 1997. An abrupt drowning of the Black Sea shelf. Marine Geology, 138: 119–126.

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