| ||The Gran Sabana region in southeast Venezuela is a wide plain covered in savannah and dense forest where one can see imposing tabular relief made up of rocky sandstone, called tepuyes. The Rio Carrao winds on the Auyán Tepui or "devil's mountain" which covers 700 km2 and is 2 950 m high. This river on the edge of the tepuy flows into a breathtaking waterfall called Angel Falls. At 978 m, it is the world's highest free-falling waterfall. The Gran Sabana region is rich in gold and diamond deposits, and since 1930, its many watercourses have attracted prospectors interested in towns like Ikabaru which became famous when a 154 carat diamond was discovered there in 1942 and El Dorado whose mere name takes one back to age of the conquistadors.
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