Moderators: richierich, ua900, PanAm_DC10, hOMSaR

 
User avatar
seb146
Topic Author
Posts: 24456
Joined: Wed Dec 01, 1999 7:19 am

Niagara Falls Canal Future

Thu Dec 09, 2021 3:04 am

So way in the future, there will be no Niagara Falls. The rocks are eroding because science. There is a canal built through Ontario right now. Ste. Cathereines and Welland. Will that canal be useless? I have heard geologists say the falls will simply vanish but very little is said about the shipping up and down the Great Lakes. Because we were supposed to have flying cars by now and have none, I am wondering what if things stay pretty much the same as they are now but no Niagara Falls?
 
jetwet1
Posts: 3518
Joined: Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:42 am

Re: Niagara Falls Canal Future

Thu Dec 09, 2021 11:16 am

By "way in the future" you mean 22-23 thousand years from now, at which point man will trying to figure out flying cars, but the Elon Musk droid will be working hard on it.
 
johns624
Posts: 5168
Joined: Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:09 pm

Re: Niagara Falls Canal Future

Thu Dec 09, 2021 1:14 pm

The falls are creeping upstream because of the erosion of the underlying rock, but there will always be an altitude differential between Lake Erie and Ontario.
 
StarAC17
Posts: 4355
Joined: Thu Aug 07, 2003 11:54 am

Re: Niagara Falls Canal Future

Thu Dec 09, 2021 4:30 pm

seb146 wrote:
So way in the future, there will be no Niagara Falls. The rocks are eroding because science. There is a canal built through Ontario right now. Ste. Cathereines and Welland. Will that canal be useless? I have heard geologists say the falls will simply vanish but very little is said about the shipping up and down the Great Lakes. Because we were supposed to have flying cars by now and have none, I am wondering what if things stay pretty much the same as they are now but no Niagara Falls?


As said, this isn't happening tomorrow and the falls are much closer to Lake Ontario than Lake Erie. Even the Rainbow and Peace bridges wouldn't be susceptible to destruction or replacement for several thousand years.

Also yes the Welland canal would be useless but most of our infrastructure will be useless by 2100, never mind 23,000 years.
 
User avatar
seb146
Topic Author
Posts: 24456
Joined: Wed Dec 01, 1999 7:19 am

Re: Niagara Falls Canal Future

Thu Dec 09, 2021 6:11 pm

Looking at satellite images of the Niagara River, it looks smooth and quiet around Buckhorn and Navy Islands. Are there any theories as to how far the erosion will actually go? All the way to Lake Erie?

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Kent350787, mad99 and 34 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos