5 Largest Man-Made Waterfalls
Waterfalls are some of the most beautiful and impressive things in nature. However, not all waterfalls are natural. Some of the most impressive ones are actually the result of human intervention. Here, we uncover five examples of man-made waterfalls from around the world:
- Liebian International Building
One of the world’s largest man-made waterfalls can actually be found on a skyscraper in Chinese city of Guiyang. Making a striking addition to the building’s facade, this 108-meter “waterfall” cascades from the Liebian International Building’s top levels. The architects’ vision was to “create a feeling of water and greenery, even when you are surrounded by skyscrapers.” The waterfall is rarely turned on as it is ‘eye wateringly’ expensive to run.
- Cascata delle Marmore
The Cascata delle Marmore is an ancient artificial waterfall with a total height of 165 meters – the tallest man-made waterfall in the world. It appears to have been created by the Romans as a means of mitigating perceived health risks from wetlands formed by the source of the waterfall, the river Velino. The waterfall consists of three discrete sections with the topmost the tallest part at around 83 meters. It is located in the Italian region of Umbria.
An urban park built in the Kreuzberg region of Berlin, Germany, Viktoriapark officially opened its doors to the public in 1894. One of its standout features is its impressive man-made waterfall. Designed by Hermann Mächtig, the waterfalls are thought to have been inspired by natural examples around Germany. The waterfall ran for the first time in 1893 with the water pumps powered by gas motors.
The Jurong Bird Park’s Waterfall Aviary towers in Singapore house a large collection of exotic birds but also one of the largest man-made indoor waterfalls in the world. At 35 meters tall, about 13 stories, the waterfall is arguably as impressive as the wildlife there.
This 70-meter man-made waterfall was created in 1890 by diverting a stream over a natural cliff. It is officially one of the highest waterfalls in England and one of the world’s tallest man-made ones too. Called the Lady Exmouth Falls, they were named in honor of the 3rd Lady Exmouth and were built under her direction in the late 1800s.
It is located in the historic tything of Canonteign in the Teign Valley of Dartmoor National Park near Chudleigh, South Devon, England.