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Angel Falls

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Cole Straughn

on 13 February 2013

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Angel Falls The Pemon Indians and Angel Falls FUN FACT The Disney Movie, Up, was based off of Angel Falls in Venezuela. By: Cole, Rahul, and Evan About Angel Falls Angel Falls is located in Bolivar, Venezuela, in the Canaima National Park. This waterfall is 3,212 feet high, and has a plunge of 2,648 feet dropping over the edge of the Tepui mountain. The History of the Tepuis Angel Falls Angel Falls Addition to GDP Angel Falls was named after Jimmy Angel, an American pilot, but the falls true name is Kerepakpai Meru, created by the Pemon Indians. The Pemon Indians were the first to respect and find the falls, therefore basing many of their myths off of it. The mountains that hold the falls are called the Tepuis by the locals. They are supposed to be the house of the gods. In myths, the sink holes located in the mountains are supposed to be the cooking pots of their god of rain and thunder. Angel Falls and the Tepuis are a great deal and significance to the Natives in Venezuela and affect many cultural aspects. Angel Falls provides the local people with jobs, and adds to the GDP from tourism. People here can go mountain climbing on the Tepui mountain, base jumping off the mountain, swimming, kayaking, take boat rides, and many other things. Base Jumping Mountain Climbing The Tepuis are the mountains in which Angel Falls fall from. These skyscraper mountains are flat at the top and hold species older than the dinosaurs. These mountains are some of the oldest areas in the world. For example, the giant caves in the side of the Tepuis aren't caves, but ancient underground river passages. This helps show how all land was level to these mountains 3 billion years ago in the time when all land was one super continent, and when South America was connected to Africa. The Tepuis also hold many rare animals and ancient rocks. The rocks seem to defy gravity, coming in various shapes and sizes. Even the landscape is different. Jimmy Angel tried to land his plane on this surface because of the golden coloring the soil gave to the water. He also was intrigued by the myths of diamonds that were really just natural crystals growing. The falls are important but they first started all from the Tepui. Here is a optional and lengthy video about the Tepuis. Aerial View Video of Angel Falls Thanks for Watching! What is The Historical Significance of this Region? The historical significance of Angel Falls and the Tepuis is the impact they had on native cultures. The most well known natives, the Pemon indians, honored the falls and created many myths, legends, and gods based on them and the Tepuis. The rare beauty of the falls and mountains changed the way they live. The discovery of the falls made by Jimmy Angel has changed history so that foreign interests developed. These landmarks represent something different to all people over the years and its significance is as huge as the falls themselves. Major Physical Features of the Region Angel Falls has a tropical climate, which falls over the edge of the Tepuis, a vast group of plateaus located in the South-Eastern corner of Venezuela. On the top of the Tepuis, there are many sinkholes containing forests inside, that can be as long as 300 meters wide. The natural vegetation on the plateaus have been untouched for millions of years, and lots of them are carnivorous plants that eat insects. Others are plants that have no roots, so that flood waters will take them other places without damaging them. The Pemon Indians Jimmy Angel
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