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Bjorgisborgis Falls is a waterfall in the Argentinean Andes located in a remote valley twenty miles northwest of Aconcagua. Its name is derived from the Norwegian discoverer, Bjorg Borgis, who stumbled upon it during the summer of 1953 while trying to find the highly sought Norwegian treasure, the Sauna of Youth. The falls are an exceptionally unusual phenomenon in that its characteristics are unlike any other waterfall in the area. Due to a shift in gravity at the falls, water flows upstream from its source, a mere 300 yards away. As it approaches the falls, the speed of the water flow exponentially increases until it hits what is called the Granite Geyser, a 100 foot wide and 57 foot tall slab of angled granite located at the base of the falls. When the rushing water hits the slab it sprays mist upwards and which stays on that trajectory until it freezes approximately 15,000 feet above the point of impact. Upon freezing, the snowflakes begin to descend, resulting in constant snowfall in the surrounding area, although during the summer, the snow melts upon impact with the ground. After landing on the ground, the melted snow immediately retreats to the source again making for what scientists have dubbed “The Shaky Snow Globe Effect”, constant heavy snowfall with no actual snow sticking to the ground. Throughout the winter months, the river is covered in a snowy bridge which the water flows beneath; the colder weather does not affect the falls other than by lowering the point of freezing to 2000 feet above the falls. Visitors are able to watch the water molecules change states more easily in the colder weather, however, must endure a considerably more technical hike. Since the discovery, those individuals willing to make the arduous trek have been astonished by its mysterious beauty, meanwhile scientists have been perplexed, as they have no explanation as to how it defies the, previously thought to be concrete, laws of gravity.

Alex Kasinski

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