06.11
2018

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Natural Wonders: 5 Spectacular Waterfalls to See

Here at Actsoft, we’re committed to making sure your business runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. A large part of how we do that is by helping you to reduce unnecessary waste. In doing this, your company can take on even more business and improve its bottom line. Another side effect of this waste reduction — one that we’re quite proud of — is the environmental benefits that come with it.

For example, consider the act of making the switch from paper to wireless forms. If your company averages 10 job sites per day, and each job site dossier is 10 pages, that’s 100 pages of paper each day, from just one employee. That works out to be 26,000 sheets of paper every single year. Let’s say you have 10 employees, that’s 260,000 sheets of paper each year that you’re no longer wasting needlessly. From an environmental point of view, that’s an estimated 3.2 trees saved each year. This might not sound like much, but it adds up. And yours is just one company. Imagine if every company, big and small, made the same effort to ditch paper forms. The impact would be astounding!

To celebrate our passion for the natural wonders of our world, we wanted to showcase some of our favorite Mother Nature–produced splendors. This week, we’re featuring our favorite, dreamiest waterfalls.

Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
We’d be remiss not to lead with arguably the most well-known falls in the world. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site, this is the largest waterfall on the planet. While views of the falls are spectacular from almost any vantage point along the myriad trails that wend their way alongside the falls, the most unique is from something called The Devil’s Pool. This naturally occurring pool sits on the edge of the falls—yes, you read that right—and during the dry season when the water level drops, the brave can actually plunge into the water right at the cusp of its magnificent drop.

Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario
Stateside, this is the cataract everyone is most familiar with. A collection of three waterfalls—the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls—Niagara became the stuff of legends in part to a handful of risk-takers floating over the edge in barrels back in the early 1900s. While that is a thing of the past, the falls are still a spectacular sight to behold. If you’re looking for something super up close and personal, book an excursion on the Maid of the Mist. The scenic boat ride whisks guests into the basin of Horseshoe Falls; you’ll be supplied with a poncho, but plan on getting a bit wet anyway.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
These South American falls are nothing if not a powerful spectacle of sheer magnitude, being comprised of a series of around 275 waterfalls (the number can vary depending on the season), ranging from ferocious beasts to delicately descending flows of water. The average flow of water is a staggering 53,000 cubic feet per second, but at its peak, can soar up to 459,000. It became one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011 and there’s no question why: in addition to the immense display of power from the falls, you may also be treated to sightings of toucans, howler monkeys, capybaras, and even jaguars, among other wildlife.

Angel Falls, Venezuela
The highest-known uninterrupted waterfall on the planet, water traversing Angel Falls plummets a whopping 3,212 feet from a tabletop mountain into the Devil’s Canyon down below, feeding into the Carrao River. Since the falls are located in a remote Venezuelan jungle, a trip to this spot can only be made by air, so the best way to see it is to book a tour.

Havasupai (Havasu) Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
At just 100 feet tall, these falls may not be as impressive in size as many of the others found on our list. But the real vision of awe is the dazzlingly blue-green color of the water that cascades over a ledge into an enticingly refreshing, sparkling emerald pool. From there, it continues on to flow into a series of smaller plunge-style pools, beckoning any weary traveler on a hot desert day. If you’re planning to camp around the area, be sure to book reservations well in advance; the falls are located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, who want to preserve the falls by limiting visitors.

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