National Geographic : 1926 Jul
TIE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by George R. King A MECHANICAL BLONDIN OVER WHIRLPOOL RAPIDS: NIAGARA FALLS Some idea of the sensations of the tightrope walkers who have crossed the gorge on ropes of wire may be gained from a ride in this 1,7o8-feet-long aerial tramway. An immense volume of water is forced at this point to flow through a channel less than 300 feet wide. At the Whirlpool the river bends suddenly at right angles, throwing the full force of its current against the left bank and forming a maelstrom 1,150 feet wide. Between the two flows, in rapids below the falls, the reunited Iguazu, hidden from sight in the dense forest. SCENIC VIEWPOINTS OF IGUAZU The finest accessible views are: (I) From the Argentine Hotel hillside; (2) Of the Devil's Throat Chasm and Union Fall from the edge of the falls precipice in Argentina, and (3) From the Brazilian side of the Iguazu. The hillside view of the semicircular sweep of San Martin, with a continuation including San Martin Island, the rapids of both San Martin and Devil's Throat, and over the green of San Martin Island the white band of the top of Union Fall and the cloud spray rising above it from Devil's Throat furnish the only approach to a comprehensive panoramic view of Iguazu Falls that is possible (see page 56). A striking view of San Martin is en joyed from the side of Bossetti Cataract. Palms and bamboos and trees with para- sitic orchids constitute the environment of Bossetti. We enjoyed here sight of the first of the artistic settings of green, varied by cream and flame-colored flow ers, which frame the white of the descend ing waters of so many of Iguazu's cata racts. From this viewpoint one sees to best advantage the great main fall of San Martin, second in volume only to Union Fall in Devil's Throat, which here de scends in broad impressive mass. San Martin makes two leaps, each over one hundred feet in height, but the interven ing rocky platform upon which the upper fall descends is so narrow and so shrouded in spray and mist that the effect from this viewpoint is of one great fall, foaming and raging with increasing intensity as it descends (see page 59). From this hillside glimpses are also obtained up the Devil's Throat, with the Brazilian Falls on the left and the spray cloud of Union Fall filling the end of the chasm (see page 58).