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Waterfalls are glaciers just melting.

It is true that waterfalls develop from the erosion of rivers and rivers often originate from glaciers, but this may not always be the case

It is true that waterfalls develop from the erosion of rivers and rivers often originate from glaciers, but this may not always be the caseA waterfall is a river or other body of waters' steep fall over a rocky ledge into a plunge pool below. Waterfalls are also called cascades. The process of erosion, that is, the wearing away of Earth contributes to the development of a waterfall. Waterfalls themselves also contribute to erosion. A fall line is an imaginary line along which rivers plunge as they flow from uplands to lowlands. Erosion is just one process that can form waterfalls.

A waterfall may also form across a fault, or crack in the Earth's surface. An earthquake, landslide, glacier, or volcano may also disrupt stream beds and help create waterfalls. Hence, we can see that waterfalls usually originate from the flow of rivers and other water bodies. The source of rivers need not always be glaciers. Rivers often get their water from many tributaries or smaller streams that join together. Many rivers, including the Rhone in Western Europe, begin as streams in mountains or hills. As ice and snow melt, streams begin to flow downward from high mountains and the bases of glaciers. When a glacier is a river's source, the river has glacial headwaters. The Ganges River has glacial headwaters. The source of the Ganges, in India and Bangladesh, is the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas of northern India. Other sources of rivers can also be springs and lakes.

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