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German Explorer Discovers Waterfall
World's third highest found in an extremely remote area of the Amazon Jungle
Marcelo Mackinnon (pelarco)     Print Article 
Published 2006-03-24 12:08 (KST)   
TV news reports and a Peruvian Web site confirmed the discovery of the third highest waterfall known to humanity.

On Feb. 26, an expedition led by hydraulic engineer Stefan Ziemendorff measured the height of the Gocta waterfall at 771 m (2530 feet) (within a margin of error of 13.5 m) (44.3 feet). In fact, Ziemendorff and some colleagues had chanced to see it for the first time in 2002, from a distance of approximately 1 km (0.62 mile) and since then had become obsessed with reaching it.

The waterfall is in such an inaccessible area of the Amazon jungle that very few people, apart from the locals, knew of its existence. The locals feared to go there because of the legend of a blonde-haired siren who captures anyone approaching the lake the waterfalls empties into.

Gocta waterfall is located a five-hours walk through very dense jungle from the town of Chachapoyas. This week, during a press conference, the mayor of Chachapoyas, Oscar Torres, stated that the area will be become an "exceptional tourist destination."

According to the National Geographic Society, there are only two falls higher than Gocta: Salto del Angel, in Venezuela (972 meters) (3189 feet), and Tugela Falls in South Africa (948 meters) (3110 feet).
©2006 OhmyNews
Other articles by reporter Marcelo Mackinnon

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