New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_D47_NiL2
Map of the Niagara River Whirlpool showing the directional flow of the river and the relief of the surrounding land, circa 1900.
Why is the area in the photograph called "The Whirlpool"?
How big is the Whirlpool?
In what direction is the water flowing in the Whirlpool?
Would this be a good place to swim? Why or why not?
The Whirlpool is located in the Niagara Gorge. What is a gorge? What features of a gorge do you see on this map?
Sometimes the water in the Niagara Falls Whirlpool flows clockwise. Why doesn't this map show the water flowing clockwise?
Math: Draw what the Niagara River would have looked like if the glacier had caused a 45° turn rather than a 90° turn. Do the same for a 180° turn and a 270° turn.
Science: Research the impact that glaciers have had on various land formations in New York State and the United States. Name three major land formations.
Science: Research the flow of water through the Whirlpool. Why does the water flow in a circle? How does it get out of the Whirlpool?
Whitcraft, Melissa. The Niagara River. New York: Franklin Watts, 2001. ISBN: 0531119033