Iguazu National Park (1984)
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The semicircular waterfall at the heart of this site is some 80 m high and 2,700 m in diameter and is situated on a basaltic line spanning the border between Argentina and Brazil. Made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water, it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The surrounding subtropical rainforest has over 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to the typical wildlife of the region: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans.
Argentina 2002. Iguaz˙ Waterfalls. The stamp is part of a set of eight stamps, showing various scenic views of the country.
Argentina 1935. Tourist stamp. Iguaz˙ Waterfalls.
Iguašu Falls or Iguass˙ Falls, waterfall on the border of Argentina and Brazil, considered one the great natural wonders of South America. The Iguašu Falls are located 24 km (15 mi) east of where the Iguašu River connects with the Paranß River. From island-studded rapids above, approximately 275 separate cataracts plunge down a 4.0 km (2.5 mile) slope on the edge of the Paranß Plateau to a narrow gorge 73 m (240 ft) below. The Iguašu Falls surpass Niagara Falls in size, ranging in height from 60 to 80 m (200 to 260 ft). In the dry season two crescents of water are formed, each 730 m (2,400 ft) wide; in the wet season the two merge into one vast waterfall 4.0 km (2.5 mi) wide.
In the above UNESCO-description of the property is mentioned a number of wildlife species living in the area. Collectors of such stamps should be aware of a set issued 1995, Scott # 1888-1899, that includes most of the animals mentioned. Unfortunately I do not have this set
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Other World Heritage Sites in Argentina (on this website). Eventually refer to the UNESCO-listing, Argentina-Section, for further information on the individual properties.
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Revised 03 aug 2006