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1 Breathtaking places on Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:00 am



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Waterfalls and Rainbows: Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
There's something magical about waterfalls, those cascading sheets of water that plunge to the depths and send mist toward the heavens. Waterfalls are frequently found in the most scenic of settings, and the light that dapples the water often results in luminescent rainbows. Here are some of the world's most stunning waterfalls, which are sure to excite delight in many travelers.

Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe: Though the idea of “the world's largest waterfall” is somewhat nebulous, this waterfall — 350 feet high and 5,600 feet wide — is certainly near the top of the list. Victoria Falls is created where the entire Zambezi River descends into a narrow gorge. The waterfall's indigenous name is Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means “the smoke that thunders.” The best views are often seen when the flows are off their peak, since billowing mist may otherwise obscure the falls.

Slide show text by Amy Swanson, MSN Travel; photo editing by Connie Ricca.

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