Descent into Mystery: The Guiana Highlands
The Guiana Highlands of South America are one of the last untouched regions in the world. There, over millions of years, nature formed isolated mountain peaks called "Table Mountains," as their nearly one hundred precipitous cliffs level off into flat surfaces at 1300 meters. The steep dropoff makes the table mountain-tops accessable only by air, and indeed their beauty is usually hidden well above the clouds.
Discovered by chance just 38 years ago, the surfaces of the Table Mountains hold a mystery which has baffled experts for years; the mountaintops are dotted with giant, arbitrary sinkholes. Measuring up to 350m in diameter and depth, the completely vertical sides of the holes make them host to unique and completely independent eco-systems. How do the flora and fauna differ from those forests at the base and top of the mountain? And how were the sinkholes formed in the fist place? The giant craters still harbor a multitude of wonders today.