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Angel Falls (Salto Ángel), La Gran Sabana region of Bolívar state, Venezuela.—G. De Steinheil/Shostal Associates
Waterfall, southeastern Venezuela. It lies on the Churún River, a tributary of the Caroní, southeast of Ciudad Bolívar. The highest waterfall in the world, the cataract drops 3,212 ft (979 m) and is 500 ft (150 m) wide at its base. It was named for James Angel, an American who crash-landed his plane nearby in 1937.
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