The Secrets Of Life Hidden In Enormous Caves

The Secrets Of Life Hidden In Enormous Caves.

This short BBC video explores caves in the ancient Venezuelan region Auyantepuy. A tepuy is a table-top mountain or mesa found in the Guiana Highlands of South America, especially in Venezuela and western Guyana.


The word tepuy means “house of the gods” in the native tongue of the Pemon, the indigenous people who inhabit the Gran Sabana, and they tend to be found as isolated entities rather than in connected ranges, which makes them the host of a unique array of endemic plant and animal species. Some of the most outstanding tepuys are Neblina, Astana, Mount Roraima, and Auyantepuy. They are typically composed of sheer blocks of Precambrian quartz arenite sandstone that rise abruptly from the jungle, giving rise to spectacular natural scenery. Auyantepuy is the source of Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall.

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