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What is the Highest Waterfall in the World?

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Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the world. It is one of the most breathtaking natural wonders located in the Guiana Highlands in Bolívar state in southeastern Venezuela.

It is the world’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall at a height of 979 metres (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 m (2,648 ft). The waterfall drops over the edge of the Auyán-tepui mountain in the Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolívar State. 

Angel Falls is the Highest waterfall in the world

The Angel falls is on the Churún River which is a tributary of the Carrao River flowing through the southeast of Ciudad Bolívar.

In Spanish Angel falls is known as Salto Angel. In Pemon language the falls is called Kerepakupai Meru meaning “waterfall of the deepest place,” or ParakupáVená, meaning “the fall from the highest point,”.

The Angel Falls’ height (979 meters) is three times the height of the Eiffel Tower. The width of the waterfall is about a hundred and fifty meters at the base. It feeds into a river known as the Kerep.

The falls were named after air-borne American gold prospector James Crawford (Jimmie) Angel. He first flew over the mountain in 1933. He accidentally discovered Angel Falls while searching for a precious ore bed.

Visitors generally fly from Ciudad Boliver or Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela to Canaima camp. Angel Falls are 50km away from the base camp. Tourist can proceed to the falls either by boat or by air.

During the rainy season, people can feel the mists settled on their skin if they are within a one-kilometre radius of the falls.

The Denmark Strait cataract is an undersea waterfall found on the western side of the Denmark Strait in the Atlantic Ocean, on the Arctic Circle between Iceland and Greenland. It is the world’s highest underwater waterfall, with water falling almost 3,505 meters (11,500 feet).

 world's highest underwater waterfall

It is formed by the density difference of the water masses on either side of the Denmark Strait, the eastern side being colder than the western. Due to this difference, when the two masses meet along the top ridge of the strait, the colder, denser water flows downwards and underneath the warmer, less dense water.

It is thought that the Denmark Strait cataract has a flow rate exceeding 175 million cubic feet (5.0 million cubic meters) per second, making it 350 times as voluminous as the extinct Guaíra Falls on the border of Brazil and Paraguay.

Guaíra Falls was once thought to be the most voluminous waterfall on Earth. It was 12 times more voluminous than Victoria Falls.

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