February 17, 2014
Photographer: Phil and Monica Halper
Summary Authors: Phil and Monica Halper
Shown above is the magnificent Angel Falls, or Salto Angel, in southeastern Venezuela. With a primary drop of 2,648 ft (807 m), it may be the tallest waterfall in the world. The steep-walled, flat-topped massif from which it plunges, called Auyantepui Mountain, is part of the Guiana Shield containing rocks as old as 1.8 billion years. The waters here are naturally acidic. Over the course of time, they have helped to create this extraordinary landscape. Salto Angel is on the Kerep River, a tributary of the Churun River. The falls make up part of Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Photo details: Top - Camera Model: NIKON D5000; Focal Length: 18.0mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm); Aperture: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125); ISO equiv: 200; Software: OLYMPUS Master 2.30W.