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Marina Fall on Ipobe

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In the 1930s several large waterfalls were discovered in Guyana from airplane. One of the most beautiful discoveries was Marina Fall – approximately 152 m tall waterfall of "bridal veil" type, with two drops.

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GPS coordinates
5.3735 N 59.4822 W (possible location)
Location, address
South America, Guyana, Potaro-Siparuni, Ipobe River
Alternate names
Princess Marina Fall
152 m
some metres

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WorldYellow In detail

This waterfall is located some 20 km to the north from the much more popular Kaieteur waterfall. It is rarely visited – mostly by diamond miners: the first diamonds in Ipobe were found in the 1920s.

Waterfall was discovered on November 29, 1934, from an airplane by American and Canadian expedition.

This area does not have an indigenous population – thus the newly discovered geographical features did not have indigenous names and new names had to be invented. Somehow the waterfalls in Guyana were named after the British Royal Family members.

Geologist H. Bracewell proposed to name the newly discovered "bridal veil" after Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark – she was going to marry Prince George. Princess was introduced to this idea on her wedding day and, of course, agreed.


  1. New Fall on the Semang River in British Guiana. The Geographical Journal, Vol. 88., No 3 (Sep., 1936). Accessed on 25 March 2012
  2. Marina Falls, World Waterfall Database. Accessed on 25 March 2012

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