Image credit: Tilman Frueh

This image is of Sunwapta Falls, which lies in Jasper National Park, in the Canadian Rockies. This photo reaffirms the notion that Canada may very well be one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

It may be quite difficult to tell by looking at the image, but there are two separate falls here. Both of these falls were created when glacier ice receded more than 8,000 years ago. The waters left behind two "hanging valleys": the smaller Chaba Valley and the larger Athabasca Valley, where the two waterfalls join. The upper falls is far more accessible than the lower Sunwapta falls. Both of these falls are much easier to see in the late spring and early summer months because most of the water streaming through the area originates from the Athabasca Glacier, a part of the Canadian Rockies, which is caused by glacial melting.

"Sunwapta" literally means "turbulent waters", which is quite appropriate in this case since the Sunwapta River is crammed between a tight gorge, making this an unfavorable location for scuba diving, or any diving at all as far as that is concerned.

This image was taken by Tilman Frueh and was chosen as the image of the day on 'Earthshots.org' on December 10, 2012.

This article is part of a series, Earth: The Pale Blue Dot, which explores and highlights some of the amazing and beautiful natural features of the planet Earth.


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