Not only do waterfalls come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but they are also distinguished by type. There are punchbowl falls, horsetail falls, frozen falls, cascades, cataracts, you name it. But as is the nature of man, we take what we like from nature and try to one-up it. Needless to say, we also have a variety of man-made waterfalls, bubbling along around the planet. Here’s a look at a few of these man-made wonders giving their natural counterparts something to worry about!
Cascata delle Marmore
Also known as Marmore Falls, these are one of the oldest man-made waterfalls in the world. Built in 271 BCE by the Romans, these 541-feet-tall falls are a testament to ancient human engineering. The falls underwent an architectural revamp in 1787 and today, most of the Velino River is diverted to a hydroelectric plant, reducing the falls’ thunderous power. However, twice a day, the powerplant redirects the flow of water to the cliffs and it gushes out in its former glory.
This waterfall atop the eponymous urban park in Kreuzberg is a replica of the natural falls in the Krkonoše mountains on the Poland-Czech Republic border. Established in 1893, these falls were designed by Hermann Mächtig, the city’s director of parks and gardens. The waterfall, almost an exact replica of its natural counterpart was created after immense geological studies, and comes armed with large rocks, gas motors and pumps to channel the flow of the water.
This unique aviary is an indoor waterfall at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. One of the world’s largest walk-in aviaries, the in-house waterfall is 30 metres and is the tallest in the world inside an aviary. Visitors can revel in the glory of the waterfall while experiencing over 50 species of rare and endangered birds like pied imperial pigeons and Von der Decken’s hornbills.
Lady Exmouth Falls, Canonteign
Named after the Lady Susan Exmouth the third, these falls were built in 1890 by local silver miners. At 220-feet tall, these are the highest man-made waterfalls in England and are alongside the natural waterfall at Canonteign. These falls also provide breathtaking bird’s eye views of Devon.
Liebian International Building
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Located in Guiyang, China, the waterfall cascading off the façade of the Liebian International Building is considered to be the largest man-made waterfall in the world. Falling from a height of 108 metres, these falls allegedly cost $117 to run, per hour. Needless to say, the water doesn’t fall very often, and when it does, it often drenches the sidewalks nearby.