Angel Falls

By: Shyanna Roe

Essay

Angel Falls in Southern Venezuela is the world’s highest waterfall. Known as Salto Churun Meru in Spanish and as Kerepakupai-meru by the indigenous people.The falls height makes it about 20 times higher than Niagara Falls. Disney inspires her movie UP from the angel Falls.

The height of Angel Falls in 3,182 feet tall. "Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the world with a drop of 807 meters. "Angel Falls are located in an isolated jungle." During the rainy season Angel Falls splits into two waterfalls.

Before the mid-1950s, the falls were an unknown wonder. Even the indigenous Kamarakotos Pómon tribe who occupied the valley beside Auyán-tepu stayed away. Sir Walter Raleigh says he was the first European to view Angel Falls. "Historians state the first European to visit Angel Falls was Fernando de Berrio, a Spanish explorer and governor from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The falls was discovered accidentally when an aviator, Jimmie Angel crashed his plane at the top of the waterfall. Jimmie was flying with his wife at the same time he crashed his plane. They had to walk out of the jungle. It took them twelve days to complete the walk out of the jungle. Jimmie died of Pneumonia on December 8,1956. Jimmie's ashes were scattered over the Falls on July 2,1960.

"The waterfall was claimed in 1971 by three Americans and an Englishman David Nott who later wrote a book about their adventure called "Angels Four." "In February 1990 a group of base jumpers used the top of the falls as a site to jump from. A jumper injured herself on landing, promoting a second jumper, Jean-Marc Boivin,to jump after her with a first aid kit. When he jumped and opened his parachute,shortly after he was blown against the cliffs. He was unable to maneuver his chute properly after hitting the cliffs,and landed badly in the tree tops. He died later from internal injuries and blood lost.

As was previously stated Angel Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world but has also been called one of the most beautiful. Angel falls is surrounded by several tepuis or table-top mountains.The falls height makes it about 20 times higher than Niagara Falls. The Falls would be an amazing place to visit one day especially if you like to go visit Niagara Falls.

Cited Sources

Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2015.


"Welcome to Primary Facts." Primary Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2015.

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Interesting Facts

  • Base jumpers used the top of the falls as a site to jump from.
  • The falls is located in an isolated jungle.
  • Jimmie's ashes were scattered over the falls.
  • The falls splits into two waterfalls in the rainy season.
  • Angel Falls was in the Disney movie Up.