Denmark Strait Cataract — World’s Largest Waterfall beneath Ocean

Sonali Nagar


The infographic depicts the natural formation of the submerged huge waterfall in the Denmark Strait. (Image credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


Whenever we think of waterfalls the mesmerising Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls, and Angel falls are among some of the most amazing waterfalls in the world that come to our mind. But one of the mightiest of waterfalls exists in the Denmark Strait nestled between Iceland (northwest) and Greenland (southeast) — Denmark Strait Cataract. The Denmark Strait is oceanic and below its surface exist a series of cataracts descending nearly two miles to a depth of 10,000 feet. 

The question that baffles the most is whether a submerged waterfall may exist. Well, oceanic bodies are incredibly dynamic where water of varying temperature, salinity and density interact and bring huge changes. It's simple to imagine an ocean like a whirlpool with sloshing tides but water flowing into water is something exquisite! more on NOPR