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Iguazu National Park, Misiones Province, Argentina — Litoral Argentino (Mesopotámica)
 

Bernabe Mendez Bridge

Salto: Guardaparque Bernabe Mendez

 

Parque Nacional Iguazú

 
Bernabe Mendez Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 15, 2009
1. Bernabe Mendez Bridge Marker
Inscription.
En homenaje a quien fuera muerto el 14 de April de 1968 por cazadores furtivos en el Alto Iguazú cuando defendia el patrimonio natural de la humanidad.

Cuerpo de Guadaparques Nacionales, 09 de Octubre de 1991.

(English Translation)
In honor of he who was killed on April 14, 1968, by stealthy poachers in Iguazu Heights while defending humanity’s natural heritage.

National Park Guard Corps, October 9, 1991.
 
Erected 1991 by Cuerpo de Guadaparques Nacionales.
 
Location. 25° 41.187′ S, 54° 26.779′ W. Marker is in Iguazu National Park, Misiones Province. Marker is on the Circuito Superior one kilometer north of the Rainforest Ecological Railway. Click for map. The marker is at the bridge (Salto Bernabe Mendez) on the upper circuit trail, north of the National Park’s main entrance—across the cataracts from Brazil. Marker is in this post office area: Iguazu National Park, Misiones Province 3370, Argentina.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Alberto Santos-Dumont Memorial (approx. 1.3 kilometers away in Brazil).
 
More about this marker.
Bernabe Mendez Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 15, 2009
2. Bernabe Mendez Bridge Marker
The “nearby” markers in the Brazilian park are NOT “within walking distance” of those in the Argentine park—they are separated by the world’s biggest waterfall.
 
Also see . . .  Iguazu Falls. ... Upon seeing Iguazu, the United States' First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!" Iguazu is also often compared with Southern Africa's Victoria Falls which separates Zambia and Zimbabwe. Iguazu is wider, but because it is split into about 270 discrete falls and large islands, Victoria is the largest curtain of water in the world, at over 1,600 m (5,249 ft) wide and over 100 m (328 ft) in height (in low flow Victoria is split into five by islands; in high flow it can be uninterrupted). The only wider falls are extremely large rapid-like falls such as the Boyoma Falls). With the flooding of the Guaíra Falls in 1982, Iguazu currently has the greatest average annual flow of any waterfall in the world. The water falling over Iguazu in peak flow has a surface area of about 40 Ha (1.3 million ft²) whilst Victoria in peak flow has a surface area of over 55 ha (1.8 million ft²). By comparison, Niagara has a surface area of under 18.3 ha (600,000 ft²). Victoria's annual peak flow is also greater than Iguazu's annual peak—9,100 m³/s versus 6,500—though in times of extreme flood the two have recorded very similar maximum water discharge (well
View from near the Bernabe Mendez Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 15, 2009
3. View from near the Bernabe Mendez Bridge Marker
in excess of 12,000 m³/s). Niagara's annual peak flow is about 2,800 m³/s, although an all-time peak of 6,800 has been recorded. Iguazu and Victoria fluctuate more greatly in their flow rate. Mist rises between 30 metres (98 ft) and 150 m (492 ft) from Iguazu's Devil's Throat, and over 300 m (984 ft) above Victoria. Iguazu, however, affords better views and walkways and its shape allows for spectacular vistas. At one point a person can stand and be surrounded by 260 degrees of waterfalls. The Devil's Throat has water pouring into it from three sides. Likewise, because Iguazu is split into many relatively small falls, one can view these a portion at a time. Victoria does not allow this, as it is essentially one waterfall that falls into a canyon and is too immense to appreciate at once (except from the air). ... (Submitted on January 7, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Park Ranger; law enforcement; "Wonders of the World"; UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
Categories. HeroesNatural ResourcesNotable PersonsWaterways & Vessels
 
View from the Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 15, 2009
4. View from the Bridge
The Bernabe Mendez Bridge - <br><i>Salto: Guardaparque Bernabe Mendez</i> image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 15, 2009
5. The Bernabe Mendez Bridge -
Salto: Guardaparque Bernabe Mendez
Tourists view the centerpiece <i>Garganta del Diablo</i> (Devil's Throat) falls image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 15, 2009
6. Tourists view the centerpiece Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat) falls
from the Salto Unión (south of the Bernabe Mendez Bridge) with the Brazilian shore in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,482 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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