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.
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).
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.