Is this scene happening on Earth? I mean, perhaps this scene was made completely with CG effects. But if not, which waterfall looks like that? Please, answer with images and sources.

credits scene with waterfall character looking at a pit

  • Possible, this is Niagara Falls, but is there any evidence to prove that?
    – yakunins
    Apr 21 '13 at 22:27

It was filmed at Dettifoss.

Scott used Dettifoss, in Iceland, as the filming location for the scene (many thanks to @Paul D. Waite for the link). The links provided show that very little except the spaceship was changed in post-production.

But its location in the fiction of the story is deliberately undetermined.

From this movies.com interview with Ridley Scott:

Movies.com: That is our planet, right?

RS: No, it doesn’t have to be. That could be anywhere. That could be a planet anywhere. All he’s doing is acting as a gardener in space.

So it could be Earth, but it might not be, and it doesn't matter to Scott or the story; that scene exists as a generic representative of a process which occurred on an unknown-but-large number of worlds (including Earth) in much the same way.

And it's certainly not meant to be Dettifoss, Niagara, or any of the world's other current waterfalls. 3.5 to 4 billion years ago --roughly when life first showed up on Earth-- Niagara Falls didn't exist (it was first dug out by glaciation 10,000 years ago), and neither did the crust on which all of our modern waterfalls sit.

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    Regarding Dettifoss: as Wikipedia mentions, you’re quite right — that’s where they filmed the waterfall scenes. Apr 22 '13 at 0:17
  • @PaulD.Waite Wow, I was just skimming through photos and moving too fast to read the words. Thanks, I'll edit that in.
    – BESW
    Apr 22 '13 at 0:26
  • Dettifoss is exact answer. The part about "anywhere" is implied, so it's better to move it in comment.
    – yakunins
    Apr 22 '13 at 5:18
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    @yakunins Sorry, I thought that since you were asking which planet the waterfall was on, you were primarily concerned with in-film locations rather than real-life filming locations (which you only mentioned in your own comment to the question).
    – BESW
    Apr 22 '13 at 5:27
  • @BESW I thought on a chance that the whole scene is 3D-fiction, even if it looks so realistic. Anyway answer is pretty clear, thank you!
    – yakunins
    Apr 22 '13 at 5:34

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