Mount Roraima

Written By Michael Reign on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 | 11:48 PM

Mount Roraima (Its Spanish linguistic equivalent recognized as Monte Roraima), also known under the colloquializations Tepuy Roraima and Cerro Roraima, is the highest mountain peak in terms of elevation in the Pakaraima chain (Known also as the Pacaraima Mountains, its Portuguese linguistic equivalent recognized as Serra Pacaraima and its Spanish linguistic equivalent recognized as Sierra Pacaraima, this range is a prominent geographical feature in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana - a sovereign state whose principal locus rests on the northern coast of South America) at 2,810 meters (9,220 feet) above sea level. First described by English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh in 1596, its 31 km² (11.58 square miles) summit is surrounded by a massive cliff face that is nearly 400 meters (1,300 feet) high from ground level. Resting furtively on the Guiana Shield (One of three cratons, or stable contingents of the continental lithosphere, ascribed to the South American tectonic plate.

The Guiana Shield is a 1.7 billion year-old Precambrian geological formation in northeastern portions of South America comprising a vast portion of the northern coastline) in the southeastern corner of Venezuela’s 30,000 km² (12,000 square miles) Canaima National Park.
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