Niagara Falls Has Frozen Over And It Looks Like Something From Disney's 'Frozen'

Jan | 38 sharesEmma Guinness

One of the natural world's most awe-inspiring sights is Niagara Falls. Located between Ontario, Canada, and Upstate New York, Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls: the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Aside from their incredible beauty, which attracts 30 million tourists a year, they're a huge source of hydroelectric power. In fact, way back in 1961, when the first hydroelectric power project was launched, the Horseshoe Falls was the largest hydropower facility outside of Asia, and to this day, provides a sizable amount of eco-friendly power to the US and Canada.

To see drone footage of the falls when they are "frozen", check out the video below:

And every winter, when temperatures drop, the Falls appear to freeze over, creating sights which look like they're straight out of Disney's Frozen - something which happened this week when the area was hit by freezing air from the Arctic.

Needless to say, this resulted in some truly breathtaking snaps on social media. Here are some of the best:

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However, contrary to what's depicted in these incredible snaps, the falls themselves haven't actually frozen over - they just appear to be. In reality, the falls are adorned with snow and ice which gives them the appearance of being frozen, but water is still very much flowing at all times, albeit, less than during warmer months of the year.

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This incredible feat of nature has been around for a whopping 10,000 years and was created during the last Ice Age.

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But like so many stunning feats of nature, the Falls won't be around forever. In fact, it's disappearing right now, and it's believed that in 22,800 years, the Falls will have disappeared entirely back into Lake Erie.

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The four pictures above were taken by an Instagram user named Carole. In her caption of them, she wrote that they were taken when the temperature was minus -20 degrees Celsius, although she said it "felt like" -35 degrees.

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According to ABC News, 23 million gallons of water falls every minute at Niagara in the winter.

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Oh, and in case you're wondering, yes, some people have tried to dive off the falls (not the wisest idea, I must admit). Of those who have, some have lived to tell the tale, others have been seriously injured, and unsurprisingly some have died.

As a result, it's now illegal - sorry to disappoint any daredevil divers reading.

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Now, I don't know about you, but if I'd been lucky enough to visit the Falls this week, I'd have been listening to 'Let It Go'!