Waterfall or Firefall ? Discovery exposed

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Yosemite National Park waterfall
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The Yosemite National Park in California is a waterfall that has blindfolded its visitors for so many years. The following discovery will, however, astonish you.

Although, the flowing water looks like flowing lava, however, it is nothing but water illuminated by the bright light of the setting sun.

This waterfall is a seasonal one. Every mid to late February, when the snow melts in the winter and early spring, there is a bright and fiery orange glow which hits the waterfall, hence explaining the ‘sight’ of the fire in the waterfall.

In a nutshell, this is what creates the illusion that the waterfall is on fire, which explains the title given – ‘Firefall’.

The National Park Service underlines that “The sight, which now attracts thousands of people annually, is one to behold.” Live Science, in turn, lets us know that “ it’s short-lived, happening for only about 10 minutes each day”.

To catch a glimpse of this so called firefall Yosemite visitors come from the four corners of the globe.

“The waterfall is bigger than it has been in a long time due to all the rain and snow we have received,” National Park Service spokesman Scott Gediman told CNN.

Pictures of the mesmerizing Firefall are shared across social media. The U.S. Department of the Interior tweeted, “Every February, a rare phenomenon makes Horsetail Fall @Yosemitenps glow like fire. Pic from Saturday by Ray Lee #California #firefall.”

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