Tuesday, September 7, 2010

HIGHEST WATERFALL IN THE WORLD, ANGEL FALLS


At fifteen times the height of Niagara Falls, Angel Falls is the highest in the world.


Angel Falls is the world's highest waterfall with a height of 979 meters (3,212 feet) and a plunge of 807 meters (2,647 feet).


Angel Falls is located in the Canaima National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State, Venezuela. It is one of the countrytop tourist destinations despite its isolated location.


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 (1.6 km) 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.



Apparently, the falls were not known to the outside world until American aviator Jimmie Angel flew over them on November 16, 1933 during a flight searching for a valuable ore bed. Returning on October 9, 1937, Angel tried to land his Flamingo monoplane, El Rio Caroni atop the mountain, but the plane was damaged when the wheels sank into the marshy ground. He and his three companions, including his wife Marie, were then forced to descend the mountain on foot. It took them 11 days to make their way back to civilization, but news of their adventure spread, and the waterfall was named Angel Falls in his honour. Angel plane remained on top of the mountaintop for 33 years before being lifted out by helicopter. It was restored at the Aviation Museum in Maracay and now sits outdoors on the front of the airport at Ciudad Bolívar.




26 comments:

Tomz said...

stunning photos..truly
and important information..

SUFFIX said...

Wow this is beautiful, recently we went to Kutralam Falls in Tamil Nadu, its a great experience.

Chandrika Shubham said...

Beautiful pics. :)
Thanks for sharing. :)

mrinalini said...

Amazing;breath-taking like always ur blog has very informative and interesting news

BK Chowla, said...

Unique.Beautiful pictures, I had never heard of this place before

arvind said...

its so nice..
its astonishing to know that - before the water fall, the wind atomized and turned it into mist..

the nature flow in its own way - with ease..

budh.aaah said...

Wow so intimidating nature is..hum log kya hae..ek boond, a mere drop in the face of this majesty.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Hi Urmi,
Thanks a ton for your lovely comment on my blog :)....you have a whole lot of blogs!!!!...great keep it up !!..Now I'm following you too..do stay in touch :)

Cheers
Sanghamitra.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Amazing!. I knew about this fall and had seen a documentary as well. I was introduced to it by way of a postage stamp issued somewhere in the 50's. Thanks for a nice post.

SG said...

Only one word. Super. Loved these pictures.

Ria said...

Those pics were spectacular.

Vetrimagal said...

Even after knowing about the falls , it is refreshing to see those pictures.
Thanks.

Renu said...

amazing pictures..Once i went to some fall near Seattle and there only I realised that Niagra is not the highes, but the beauty of Niagra is unique.

Destiny's child... said...

Wow! Amazing shots...
where do you collect all this wonderful information? :)

Bikramjit said...

OMG .. did you visit this place OH man I envy you so much if you did I am dead jealous telling you I WANT TO GO THERE I WANT TO GO THEREeeeeeeeeeeeee

Jeevan said...

That's magnificent babli! Thanks or the interesting story behind the Angle. It remind me the Jog fall in India

Rajesh said...

Beautiful water falls. It looks like coming from nowhere.

Nona said...

Nice photos

Gouri Guha said...

Wonderful pictures...breathtaking Never heard of this...thanks for sharing the information.
Glad I'm here and will be coming again.

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Rajesh said...

Beautiful.
Wish you Happy Ganesh Chaturti.

Trotter said...

Hi Babli! I’m back!! One week off, one week to deal with the mess created by the absence, a birthday almost no one noticed and a weekend to rest a little bit...

Stunning pictures!! Never been to Venezuela...

Meanwhile Blogtrotter Two is enjoying a fabulous hotel: the Cala di Volpe in Costa Smeralda!! Enjoy, comment and have a great weekend!

डॉ. मोनिका शर्मा said...

really amazing and interesting info and snaps. beautiful thanks for sharing

budh.aaah said...

lovely snaps Urmi as always

ZEAL said...

Lovely pics Babli.

Margaret Cloud said...

I am so impressed with all the photos of the falls. It would be a treat just to see it. Thanks for always sharing such nice pictures on every post you do and thanks for coming by. Have a nice weekend.