Angel Falls

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Angel Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world. It fell 3,212 feet (979 m) but recently dropped to 3,196 feet (974 m) mountain called Auyantepui.[1][2] It is in Venezuela. The drop is so far that the water turns into mist when it reaches the bottom.

The falls are named for Jimmy Angel.[3][4] Jimmy Angel was an American airplane pilot who crashed at the top of the falls in 1937.

Angel Falls is also called Salto Ángel or indigenous Kerepakupai-merú. The indigenous name derived from the Pemón natives means "falls from the deepest place". Ironically, the more famous name of the falls had nothing to do with the connotation that its water fell from the heavens.

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  1. Hollis Micheal Tarver Denova; Julia C. Frederick (2005). The History of Venezuela. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-313-33525-9.
  2. Palmerlee, Danny (2007). South America on a Shoestring. Lonely Planet. p. 1040. ISBN 978-1-74104-443-0.
  3. Parque Nacional Canaima. (1964): “Parque Nacional Canaima – La Gran Sabana/Plan rector”. Corporación de Turismo de Venezuela. Ministerio de Agricultura y Cría. y Nacional Park Service U.S. Departamento of the Interior. Caracas Venezuela 214p.
  4. "Plane Pilot Sights Highest Waterfall in World." [1] Popular Science, April 1938, p. 37.

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