How Tall Is a Cliff?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

Cliffs are steep rock formations that rise from the ground. They can be found near the ocean (sea cliffs) or high in mountains and canyons. Cliffs are formed by processes like erosion and weathering. They can be made of solid rocks or softer materials like soil and sand. Cliffs are a very common landscape feature on Earth.

Some people consider the Rupal Flank of Nanga Parbat, a mountain in the Himalayas, to be the highest cliff on Earth, rising 4,600 meters (approximately 15,092 feet) above its base. Others argue that the east face of Great Trango Tower on the Baltoro Muztagh, Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan is taller. Its nearly vertical headwall and a very steep overall drop to the Dunge Glacier makes it one of the world's hardest climbs.

The tallest cliff jump in history was recorded by Laso Schaller, who jumped from a cliff that was 193 feet tall in Cascata del Salto, Switzerland. This was an amazing feat of bravery and skill. However, jumping from such a height is still very dangerous. Before jumping, it is important to make sure that the cliff is safe for you to do so. This includes making sure that there are no obstacles or debris in the way.

The easiest way to find out how tall a cliff is, is to measure the distance in feet from the bottom of the cliff to the surface of the water. This can be done by measuring with a tape measure or using a GPS device. Once you know how far you are going to jump, you can calculate the speed at which you will be traveling when you hit the water. To do this, you will need to know the height of the cliff, your initial velocity, and the acceleration that is due to gravity.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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