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Mount Roraima

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[[Image:Roraima_venezuela.jpg|thumb|250px|print=lead|View from the top]]
'''Roraima''' is the highest ''tepuy'' (spanish for table mountain) on the triple border of [[Venezuela]], [[Brazil]] and [[Guyana]]. It is around 2,800 metres tall. Its name is derived from 'Roroi-ma,' which in Pemon means 'big blue-green.' The only way vistors visitors can climb to the top is from the [[La Gran Sabana|Gran Sabana]] side, in [[Venezuela]].
The first recorded person to climb this tepuy was Sir Everard im Thurn in 1884.
This mountain also inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his classic novel ''The Lost World'' in 1912. He envisioned cavemen and prehistoric animals running amok atop the summit. Although far-fetched, the idea is a valid one: the tepuys are regarded as 'islands in time' by scientists since species have developed in complete isolation on top of them over milenniamillennia.
The tepuy's steep sides, surrounding rainforest, and altitude at summit create a unique climatic environment that is most noteable notable for its changeability. Moist air rising off the surrounding rainforest in the tropical heat creates heavy rain clouds that billow up and across the summit of roraima Roraima causing frequent showers and downpours. Due to the altitude, nights on the summit are cool.
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