Plunge Waterfalls



Plunge waterfalls are those that fall so forcefully they completely lose contact with the cliff face. Not something you'd want to get too close to! Environmental Graffiti found 15 of these falls, and will take you on a tour of them through a photo gallery.  Shown here is Waireinga Falls in New Zealand. Link

(Image credit: Vinnie Hall)

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Seems to me the only difference is "plunge" falls simply have cut-back walls beneath the point where the water goes over.
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If you adhere to the narrow definition that waterfalls must actually be free-falling then yes I suppose most waterfalls would have to be plunge type waterfalls. But since there is not a universally agreed upon standard that stipulates that in order to be considered a waterfall it has to be a sheer fall, this isn't necessarily correct.

I'll also point out that three of the waterfalls on EG's list in the link are not true plunge type waterfalls.
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