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Kumerau Falls

Kumerau Falls
Kumerau Falls / Ministry of Public Infrastructure, screenshot from Youtube video

WorldBlue  In short

Kumerau Falls (also Kumarau Falls) belong to the most impressive falls in the world.

4.5 out of 10 stars 44.8%

GPS coordinates
6.0986 N 60.3523 W
Location, address
South America, Guyana, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Kurupung River on the escarpment of Merume Mountains (part of Pacaraima Mountains)
Alternate names
Kumarau Falls
Height
˜ 190 m
Average width
˜ 60 m

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WorldYellow In detail

Kumerau Falls often are compared to Kaieteur – one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the world.

Geology

Waterfall has formed on Kurupung River, on an escarpment of Merume tableland. Cliff has an overhang with a recess under the waterfall. Falls have eroded the Precambrian quartzite and have formed some 4 km long gorge. In the gorge are located several smaller caves with the rare siliceous stalactites inside.

Waterfall has several smaller steps before the main plunge. Further down the gorge is located another waterfall – Makreba Falls.

Human activities

Around the falls have been found grooves and grinding surfaces – traces of earlier human activities.

Area around the falls is not entirely pristine. Active preparatory works for the construction of the hydropower plant were ongoing here in 1973 – 1977. Road to the base of falls was constructed and geological research was done. Works were stopped due to the political disagreements with Venezuela.

Diamonds have been found in Kurupung River above the falls and numerous miners have sifted the deposits of the river in search of valuable gemstones. Currently, the road is rebuilt and it is expected that more and more people will arrive here.

References

  1. Video of a flight along the falls, jonathantack, 2008, Accessed on 25 March 2012.
  2. Image by George Bailey, 1977, Accessed on 25 March 2012.

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