Won­der fall: An­gel Falls, Venezuela

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The Guiana High­lands ex­tend across the north­ern part of South Amer­ica, oc­cu­py­ing much of south­ern Venezuela as well as parts of Guyana and north­ern Brazil. The High­lands are fa­mous for their mag­nif­i­cent flat-topped moun­tains called tepuis (tepui mean­ing “house of the gods”). Auyan Tepui is the largest of these, and the world’s high­est un­in­ter­rupted water­fall, An­gel Falls, drops from a cleft in its sum­mit (de­scend­ing a to­tal of 979 me­tres to the val­ley floor); in its up­per­most few hun­dred me­tres, the wa­ter barely makes con­tact with the sheer sand­stone cliffs be­hind. An­gel Falls fea­tures in Nat­u­ral Won­ders of the World (DK Pub­lish­ing, £30).

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