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Canaima National Park: Fire in the Savannas (Spanish)


Water rushing in Salto Angel waterfall in Venezuela after a rainy night.

Venezuela was the fifth country with most wildfires in Latin America in 2020, behind Brazil...

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Image courtesy of Prodavinci. 2021.

The story excerpt below was translated from Spanish. To continue reading the Spanish story in full, including interactive infographics, visit the Prodavinci website. You may also view the original story on the Rainforest Journalism Fund website here. Our website is available in English, Spanish, bahasa Indonesia, French, and Portuguese.

Canaima National Park is a protected area in the Amazon and Venezuelan Guyana with the highest number of heat spots. It also has the highest number of fires detected by VIIRS and MODIS satellite sensors, and the highest density of hot spots.

Canaima, in southeastern Venezuela on the border with the disputed territory of Guyana and Brazil, protects the world's highest waterfall, the Kerepakupai Vená in the Pemón language, known as Angel Falls; more than 2,000 species of flora and fauna; and the tepuis, geological formations some 2 billion years old, among the oldest on the planet. The territory, largely covered by Amazonian rainforests, also contains the Caroní River basin, the main source of hydroelectric power in Venezuela. Canaima was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is located on the Guiana Shield.


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