Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls has the distinction of being the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall and despite being located in an isolated jungle draws numerous tourists to Venezuela each year. It is 15 times the height of the Niagara Falls and named for the American aviator Jimmy Angel. Angel flew over the falls in 1933 while on a search for a valuable ore bed. (whenonearth.net) Photo: wikipedia

Angel Falls (Spanish: Salto Ángel; Pemon language: Kerepakupai Vená, meaning “waterfall of the deepest place”, or Parakupá Vená, meaning “the fall from the highest point”) is a waterfall in Venezuela. It is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 meters (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 meters (2,648 ft). The waterfall drops over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain in the Canaima National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Canaima), a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolívar State. The height figure 979 meters (3,212 ft) mostly consists of the main plunge but also includes about 400 meters (0.25 mi) of sloped cascades and rapids below the drop and a 30-meter (98 ft) high plunge downstream of the talus rapids.

The falls are on the Gauja River (alternatively known as the Kerep River or Kerepacupai), which flows into the Churun River, a tributary of the Carrao River.

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