7 Natural Wonders of the World
New Seven Wonders of Nature-One
of 28 nominees. Winners will be announced in 2011.
|Bolivar State, Venezuela
Seven Wonders of Nature
|Earth's Natural Wonders
in South America
in ravines: 300 inches (762 cm)
|Height of Angel
Falls: 3,212 feet (979 m)
|Sir Walter Raleigh
described what was possibly a
tepuy (table top mountain), and
he is sometimes said to have discovered
Angel Falls, but these claims
are considered "far-fetched".
They were spotted in 1912 by the
Venezuelan explorer Ernesto Sanchez
La Cruz, but he did not publicize
Angel Falls (indigenous
name: Parakupa-vena or Kerepakupai
merú which means the fall from
the highest point, in Pemon language;
Spanish: Salto Ángel) is the
world's highest waterfall, with a
height of 979m (3,212ft) and a clear
drop of 807m (2,647ft). It is located
in the Canaima National Park (Spanish:
Parque Nacional Canaima) , in the
Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State,
The height of the falls is so great
that before getting anywhere near
the ground, the water is atomized
by the strong winds and turned into
mist. The mist can be felt a mile
away. The base of the falls feeds
into the Kerep River (alternatively
known as the Rio Gauya) which flows
into the Churun River, a tributary
of the Carrao River.
In the indigenous Pemon language
Angel Falls is called Kerepakupai
merú meaning "waterfall
of the deepest place". The falls
are sometimes referred to as Churun-meru,
an error, since that name corresponds
to another waterfall in the Canaima
National Park. Churun in the Pemon
language means "thunder".
The fictional "Paradise Falls"
in the 2009 Pixar film Up was inspired
by Angel Falls. The production staff
toured this area of Venezuela prior
to the making of the film.
One of the several impressive tepuis,
or table-top mountains, in Canaima
National Park.Lying within the Canaima
National Park, Angel Falls is part
of the plateau that underlies the
lands located in Venezuela to the
south of the Orinoco River. The plateau's
age is estimated at two billion years.
Important geological transformations
can be seen at the park, from its
beginnings in the Precambrian period
dating back to the time of the formation
of the supercontinent Pangaea.
The Angel Falls in Venezuela.