Iguacu Falls and Itapu Reservoir
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Iguacu Falls and Itapu Reservoir

December 19, 2003
Iguacu Falls is one of the wonders of the world. After flowing westward through southern Brazil, the Iguacu River crashes over the rim of the Parana Plateau in a broad crescent interlaced with tree-covered islets (see large image for details). Some of the falls plunge hundreds of feet straight down to the valley below, while others cascade down in a series of smaller steps. The river then joins the south-flowing Parana. The immediate surrounding area of Brazil (upper right), Argentina (bottom right), and Paraguay (left) was once native forest and grasslands, and both Argentina and Brazil have set aside land near the Falls as National Parks.

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