King Edward VIII Falls
Many giant waterfalls have formed on the abrupt eastern escarpment of Pacaraima Mountains. One of the tallest and most impressive ones is King Edward VIII Falls.
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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 amphitheater which is covered with pristine rainforest.
One of the first white people to see these falls most likely was American entomologist Paul A. Zahl who saw the falls from an airplane in 1935, although it is possible that it was seen by the Geological Survey of Semang in 1927. The base of these falls was reached by 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 on the 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.
- 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.
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