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The Tallest Waterfall in the World

Angel Falls-Venezuela. photo source: commons.wikimedia.org

The waterfall is one of the most famous natural wonders in the world. Waterfalls are a combination of beauty and power. They are beautiful because of their immense height and the way they create a constant, pleasing sound. They are powerful because of the tremendous force of water they produce and the way they carve rocks and soil.

Angel Falls (Kerepakupai Merú). photo source: beautifulworld.com

The World’s Highest Waterfall

Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall, is located in Bolvar state’s Canaima National Park in Venezuela and reaches a height of 979 metres (3,212 ft). Additionally, Angel Falls holds the world record for the longest single drop, falling 807 metres (2,647 feet) from a height of 978 metres (3,212 ft).

Panoramic aerial view of Angel Falls. photo source: commons.wikimedia.org

Did You Know?

  • The Angel Falls in Canaima National Park served as the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel “The Lost World”, which is set on a South American mountain top inhabited by prehistoric animals and was written in 1912.
  • Angel Falls was named after Jimmie Angel, a United States aviator who was the first person to fly over the falls in 1933.
  • Angel Falls made an appearance in the Disney film “Dinosaur”, which was released in 2000.
  • Angel Falls was renamed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2009, claiming that the waterfall should be known by its indigenous name, Kerepakupai Meru, rather than Angel Falls.
  • Angel Falls is the inspiration for Paradise Falls, which appears in the 2009 Disney/Pixar animated feature film “Up”.
  • Angel Falls was one of the 28 finalists in the 2009 selection of the World’s New Seven Natural Wonders.

Sources:Wikipedia, Wikipedia, GeologyFandom, N7W, Guinness World Records, Alertnet

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