National Geographic : 1949 Nov
In Unbroken White Sheet Water Tumbles More than Half a Mile from a Cleft in the Face of Auyin-tepui In the canyon at the left of the mountain, Capt. Charlie Baughan's TACA plane, looking like a white speck, emphasizes the tremendous height of Angel Falls. The same plane and pilot searched the area in May, 1949, when the author's expedition went unreported for several days. From the dense jungles of Ven ezuela's Gran Sabana region south of the Orinoco River rear mesas like mighty fortresses, a mile to perhaps two miles high, their sides and flat tops eroded into queer shapes (opposite page). This part of Venezuela suggests the setting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World and of W. H. Hudson's Green Mansions (page 655). In the right foreground is part of the north end of Auyan-tepui; in the background, Uey-tepui. Around the latter winds the Rio Carrao, the stream on which the expedition paddled to the gorge of Auyan-tepui and Angel Falls.