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Don't Be Fooled By This "Underwater Waterfall"

Though these incredible pictures actually aren't a strange internet hoax, they do not in fact show an underwater waterfall. Here's what's really happening.

Waterfalls are, without a doubt, some of the most awe-inspiring things in nature.

But what about an "underwater waterfall?"

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You might have seen images like these somewhere on the internet (they seem to get popular every few months), but what they depict isn't exactly what it looks like. Though these incredible pictures aren't simply some strange internet hoax, they do not, in fact, show an underwater waterfall.

The images, taken right off the coast of an island in the Indian Ocean called Mauritius, seem to show water falling under the surface. However, what they actually show is sand and sediment being pushed down into the depths by strong ocean currents.

Photo Credit: Frederick C. Millett Photography

Mauritius is located on the Mascarene Plateau, an underwater plateau created millions of years ago by seafloor spreading. Sand near the island of Mauritius is moved by currents down off the edge of the plateau, creating the illusion of a magical waterfall.

Photo Credit: The St. Regis Mauritius Resort

Though not a true underwater waterfall (which, when you think about it, wouldn't even make sense), the phenomenon is still very real and still very beautiful. Check it out on Google Maps.

Photo Credit: Google

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Photo Credit: Google

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