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River on the AuyÁn Tepui

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The Gran Sabana region in southeastern Venezuela is a wide plain covered with savannas and dense forest, interrupted by imposing mesas of sandy rock known as tepuyes. The mesa of AuyÁn Tepui, or «devil’s mountain,» covers 275 square miles (700 km2) and rises to a height of 9,675 feet (2,950 m). The Rio Carrao zigzags across AuyÁn Tepui and, at its edge, plunges in a steep waterfall. The Salto Angel waterfall is the world’s highest free-falling waterway, at a height of 3,210 feet (978 m). Rich in gold and diamond ore, the Gran Sabana region and its many waterways have attracted prospectors since 1930—towns such as Icabaru, which was made famous by the discovery in 1942 of a diamond of 154 carats, or El Dorado, whose name alone conjures up the age of the conquistadors.

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