These incredible table top mountains are known as being the oldest geological formations in the world, dating from approximately two billion years ago. These table top mountains can be seen in Venezuela’s jungle or on isolated islands, and they are known as tepuis. Due to their isolation from the ground, on table top mountains you can find unique animals and plants that cannot be found anywhere else on the Earth. However, not only in Venezuela can be found these incredible geological formations. Table top mountains also exist in other regions and they are called tuya, mesa, or amba. Here are some examples of table top mountains:
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Situated in northern Ethiopia, Debre Damo is the name of a beautiful table top mountain, but also of the 6th century monastery that is situated on its top. You can access the monastery only by a rope up a sheer cliff. This monastery is well-known for its manuscripts, but also as being the last existing church in Ethiopia that still features its original style. The locals are saying that the monastery was founded by a Syrian monk in the 6th century.
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Kukenan is situated near the well-known tepui, as table top mountains are called here, Mount Roraima. The Kukenan Mountain has an approximately 2,670 meter high and almost 3 km long tepui. For visitors, Kukenan may be very hard to climb, so it is not as accessible as Mount Roraima. At the south end of the tepui, you can find one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, Cuquenan Falls.
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You can find Heroubreio in the Highlands of Iceland. This table top mountain was formed after lava erupted from a thick glacier. In this region, the table top mountain is known as a tuya. Due to its unstable sides, the first climb was made in 1908. Many centuries, nobody knew about its existence.
There are several table mountains out there that you can visit. Don’t forget to take your camera, because these incredible geological formations need to be photographed. What other table top mountains do you know?