# Why can't I measure the width of a waterfall on Google Maps?

From the Wikipedia article for Khone Phapheng Falls:

It is the widest waterfall in the world at $$10783$$ metres ($$35376$$ feet or $$6.7$$ miles) in width from one edge of its multiple channels to the other.

But on Google Maps the longest distance I measure is only $$0.3$$ miles. Why is it incorrect?

• I was going to suggest following the references in the wikipedia article but the seem to not be pointing at the right places anyway. Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 12:08
• I think the answer is very simple: Google tags often don't hit the reality of the feature. Try zooming out and going to the left... more waterfalls.. which I'm guessing are truly considered the same falls complex? Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 19:35
• When I tried to find the distance between Khone Phapheng and Sopheakmit waterfalls it gave $6.7$ miles which equals to $10783$ meters! But how are those considered a single waterfall? There are huge distances between each waterfalls in the path. Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 22:38
• well we can start with you only measured one branch of the waterfall. It is a waterfall on a braided river, And you only have a single image (thus only a single point of time), of one section of it. Go back ot google earth and zoom out.
– John
Commented Sep 4, 2023 at 12:59
• @SnackExchange they are the same waterfall because it is a braided river thus the same river falling over a single landform.
– John
Commented Sep 4, 2023 at 13:00

• The near $11$ km width is from one edge of one of the falls to the last fall. But it also includes the rocks between them! Shouldn't only the sum of widths of falls be measured? As I said in one comment I also found $6.7$ miles from Sopheakmit fall to Khone Phapheng fall on Google Maps. But it includes the rocks too. Commented Sep 5, 2023 at 23:06