King Edward VIII Falls is an 840-foot-tall (260 m) single plunge waterfall found on the Semang River in the Potaro-Siparuni highlands, southern Guyana.
Waterfall has formed on the escarpment of Pacaraima Mountains and has eroded the Precambrian quartzite and conglomerate, forming an amphitheatre. Falls was noted by explorer Paul A. Zahl in 1935 and a photograph of the falls is found in his book, “To the Lost World”. This remote area is seldom visited.
This waterfall often is confused with another waterfall – a lengthy set of rapids on the New River (itself a major tributary to the Corentyne River) named King Edward VI Falls (not to be confused with King George VI Falls, a tall plunge near the Venezuelan border). There are several falls in Guyana that are named after kings and this has created some long standing confusion.
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|Total Height||840 feet||256 meters|
|Tallest Drop||840 feet||256 meters|
|Num of Drops||1|
|Avg. Width||50 feet||15 meters|
|Max. Width||80 feet||24 meters|
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|Flow Consistency||12 months|
King Edward VIII Falls was discovered in 1935 by explorer Paul A. Zahl who was conducting aerial surveys of the Pakarima escarpment. The existence of the waterfall was not widely publicized until 1937 when an article was published by the Royal Geographic Society in The Geographic Journal (Vol. 88, #3, Sept. 1937). It is thus far unclear exactly who first named the waterfall but it appears it was suggested by one Dr. G. J. Williams in 1935 around the same time Zahl recorded the falls.