Kaieteur Falls is a magnificent high-volume waterfall and is a central part of the Kaieteur National Park within the Essequibo Territory, Guyana. The falls are in the middle of Guyana’s rainforest.
The Potaro River supplies this marvel of geology and flows from the escarpment of the Pakaraima Mountains while eventually flowing into the Essequibo River. The river is among the widest and longest rivers in all of South America.
The name of the falls comes from a local legend which narrates that an unpleasant old man was once placed in a boat and shoved over the falls by his relatives. Therefore, the fall’s name is “Kaieteur” which literally means “old man fall”.
Kaieteur Falls Physical Description
Kaieteur Falls sits at an elevation of about 4,380 ft (1,335 m). It is a single drop waterfall and is the 123rd highest waterfall on earth where the waters plunge roughly 741 ft (226 m).
Though not among the tallest, it is one of the highest volume of all known waterfalls. It generates an average flow rate of approximately 23,400 cubic feet (663 cubic meters) per second! This incredible rate of flow gives it the 19th greatest flow rate of any known waterfall.
Kaieteur Falls Geology
Kaieteur Falls flows over a cliff composed primarily of sandstone. At the bottom of the plunge, the water flows over a series of steep cascades. If part of the measurements, they give Kaieteur Falls a total drop of about 882 ft (251 m). The width of the falls is ca. 500 ft (152 m).
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