Which Is the Highest Waterfall in the World?
The world’s highest known waterfall is Angel Falls in Venezuela. It is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, and drops over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain in the Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolívar State.
The falls are on the Gauja River (alternatively known as the Kerep River or Kerepacupai), which flows into the Churun River, a tributary of the Carrao River.
It is a slender stream that plunges a breathtaking 3,212 feet (979 meters) down the face of a rugged cliff. Angel Falls is more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) higher than any other known waterfall and is more than 17 times as high as world-famous Niagara Falls.
Surrounded by an almost impenetrable jungle, this silver ribbon of falling water was for many years seen only from airplanes. In 1949, an expedition explored the canyon of Angel Falls and measured its height.
The waterfall has been known as the “Angel Falls” since the mid-20th century; they are named after Jimmie Angel, a US aviator, who was the first person to fly over the falls. Angel’s ashes were scattered over the falls on 2 July 1960. The common Spanish name Salto Ángel derives from his surname.