This waterfall forms a single, vertical plunge over the Precambrian quartzite and conglomerate cliff. The force of the water has eroded sturdy rocks and has formed an amphitheatre which is covered with pristine rainforest.
One of first white people to see this falls most likely was American enthomologist Paul A. Zahl who saw the falls from airplane in 1935, although it is possible that it was seen by Geological Survey of Semang in 1927. The base of these falls was reached by a geologist H. Bracewell in 1936 who proposed to name these falls after King Edward VIII. King "graciously consented" to this (1).
This waterfall is very rarely visited up to this day – seems, there are no present day images of this amazing waterfall in Internet.
Satellite images show that approximately 7 km to the south-east is located another waterfall which is more than 200 m tall and falls into a narrow chasm. Wondermondo does not know the name of this fall.
King Edward VIII Falls are included in the following lists:
- New Fall on the Semang River in British Guiana. The Geographical Journal, Vol. 88., No 3 (Sep., 1936). Accessed on 25 March 2012
- World Waterfall Database, King Edward VIII Falls Accessed on 25 March 2012.
|Coordinates:||5.4861 N 59.7980 W|
|Address:||South America, Guyana, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Semang River|
|Height:||˜ 256 m (840 feet)|
|Average width:||˜ 15 m|
In future Guyana may bring many positive surprises – this country is little explored and may hide unique natural monuments unknown to the people. For most part Guyana consists of unspoilt nature – wast expanses of tropical forests, savannah, mountains.
Some of the most fascinating and awe inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls, or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.
Navigators Travel to Guyana is the follow up to Navigators Travel to Barbados written by Howard Liverpool. This time our intrepid explorers travel to Guyana and learn about the history and geography of the country. They also sample some of the local cuisine and have a scary encounter with a ram sheep.
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