Fire and water usually don’t go together, but New York’s Eternal Flame Falls is one exception! This unique natural phenomenon somehow maintains a burning flame behind a 35-foot waterfall. Legend has it that Native Americans lit a fire in the sheltered grotto thousands of years ago, according to Discovery. Of course, it’s gone out a few times since then — just ask the many hikers who have rekindled the flame with their own pocket lighters!
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Even though the fire at Eternal Flame Falls isn’t actually eternal, it’s still pretty impressive! It turns out that the flame inside the grotto most likely stays lit thanks to a gas leak. Geology Science tells us that the constant flow of water from the falls also contributes to the long-lasting blaze, since it keeps the gas from remaining trapped in the rocks.
While Eternal Flame Falls is truly amazing to behold, it’s hardly the only natural wonder of its kind. In fact, there are at least nine spectacular locations in the world where an “eternal flame” burns. However, the New York tourist attraction is especially breathtaking due to the fact that it’s inside a waterfall.
Eternal Flame Falls is certainly a worthwhile destination for any nature lover! If you’re looking for more travel inspiration, check out these incredible places around the world.
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