Even the smallest waterfall causes agitation, there is something fascinating in the stream of water falling into the lake. It is no wonder that primitive man worshiped the falls, struck by their strength and consider them something special, a dwelling of gods or spirits, which should be read. Larger waterfalls that crashed into the rock and created a tunnel for the veil of spray, were particularly attractive. Modern man is more practical and less superstitious and considering the possible use of a waterfall in economic terms. Waterfalls reveal the power of water, and this power can now be used to produce electrical energy, which has all sorts of applications.
The world's highest waterfall.
In a remote area of southeastern Venezuela, near the border with Guyana and Brazil, it is located the mountainous region of La Gran Sabana. In the very border of Roraima is one of the highest mountains in Venezuela (2 772 m), on the southern slopes of which it is rooted in the river Caroni, subsequently flows into the Orinoco.
The river picks up speed on a small slope and then recklessly rushes down into the void. The distance from the edge of the cliff to the first obstacle - 807 m, then - a new jump (172 m) to the huge lake in the jungle at the foot of the cliffs, in the amount of turns 979 meters from a distance it seems that a thin white stripe that begins at the edge of the cliff, gradually , as the water coming down, grows into a white column of spray, lost in a sea of green jungle. In rainy weather, this regal waterfall surrounded by a great number of smaller jets of water escaping under the cliff of cracks in the sandstone. The spectacle at the same time incredibly majestic and elegant in its simplicity worthy of the title of the highest waterfall in the world.
The Fall from ancient times was known to local Indian tribes as Churun-Meru, and the name given to their Plateau - Auyan-Tepui means "Devil Mountain," which aptly defines the rocks when they are shrouded in thick fog. In 1910, the waterfall has been described by Ernesto Sanchez La Cruz, but bring it to the attention of the civilized world was destined to American pilots. Jimmy Angel overflew the area, reconnaissance of gold, when the waterfall recorded in his journal on Nov. 14, 1933. And the waterfall was named in his honor: Salto Angel - in Spanish. Jimmy Angel did not find gold, but his name was immortalized.
Today a tourist trip to the waterfall you can make on a canoe with a motor or a small light aircraft. The waterfall is also seeking thrills for fans of the unforgettable jump from the edge of the plateau on a hang glider - for enthusiasts an exceptional opportunity to first-class entertainment, which can not be neglected.