Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Most South Africans (and generally intelligent citizens of the world) are familiar with Cape Town’s famous landmark, Table Mountain. Well, there is actually a flat mountain in South America as well. Mount Roraima is located in the Canaima National Park in Venezuela. At its highest point the mountain reaches an elevation of 2810 metres (9219 feet). Mount Roraima includes the triple border point of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. In 2009 the mountain served as inspiration for a location in the Disney/Pixar animated movie Up. The mountain nearly flat 31 square kilometre summit area is defended by 400-metre-tall cliffs on all sides. Although the steep sides of the plateau make it difficult to access, it was the first major tepui (table top mountain) to be climbed. In December 1884 Sir Everard im Thurn walked up a forested ramp to scale the plateau – hikers still use the same route to get onto the top of the mountain in modern times. This photo (which features a spectacular view of Mount Roraima) was published by National Geographic and has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 13th of January 2011.
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