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What are Gorges?
 

•The word “gorge” is a French word meaning “throat” or “neck”.

•Gorges are also deep, narrow and steep-sided opening between upland areas, usually containing a river. •Gorges are formed when very powerful rivers cut across very resistant rock.
 

How are Gorges formed?

Coastal limestone planes crossed by a river, which brings rain water and melted snow down from the mountains.

The fault or crack is breaking, due to geological uplift and pressure. A gorge is beginning to be formed. The river in its bed causes immense erosion.

Immense erosion by the river and rising of the stone floor continues, widening the gorge.

 

Famous Gorges in the World

            

Katherine Gorge in Northern Territory, Australia              Fraser Gorge, Canada