The area of the world considered to have the highest species endemism is the Tropical Andes stretching across Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and a small section of northern Argentina. So far, scientists have identified 20,000 vascular plants, 677 birds, 68 mammals, 218 reptiles and 604 amphibians which are endemic to the area covering 1,258,000 km² (485,716 miles²). From Consultant: http://www.biodiversityhotspots.org/xp/Hotspots/andes/ This is the page with info on the Tropical Andes, which has 15,000 endemic plant species. The following is pasted from that page. Note Continue reading →
An avocado weighing 2.19 kg (4.83 lb) was grown Gabriel Ramirez Nahim (Venezuela). It was weighed on 28 January 2009 in Caracas, Venezuela. Mr Ramirez Nahim has been cultivating avocados for years.
In December 1999 torrential rains fell in Vargas State, Venezuela. The resulting mudslides from the mountainous regions close to the coast caused widespread loss of life. Estimates of the death toll range from 10,000 to 30,000.
Monte Roraima, on the border of Brazil and Venezuela, is a sandstone plateau measuring 2,810 m (9,220 ft) in height. Its harsh environment has resulted in around one third of its plant species being unique to the mountain. Monte Roraima is believed to have been the inspiration for Arthur Conan-Doyle’s (UK) The Lost World.
The largest arepa is 493.2 kilos and was achieved by HARINA P.A.N. part of Empresas Polar (Venezuela) in Caracas, Venezuela, on 23 March 2011. The arepa used around 230 kilos of HARINA P.A.N. (corn flour) and 420 litres of water, the raw dough weighed 632 kilos but it lost 22% during cooking, which lasted 1 hour. The arepa was cooked in a giant “sandwich maker” operated by motors which cooked the arepa both on top and below. It was made in order to celebrate the Continue reading →
The largest species of centipede is the 26-cm-long (10-in) giant centipede (Scolopendra gigantea) of Central and South America. The species, which is also known as the Peruvian giant yellowleg centipede, has modified jaws on its head, which can trap and deliver venom to its prey, such as mice, lizards and frogs. A population discovered hanging upside down from cave roofs in Venezuela feed on bats. The venom is toxic to humans (much like an insect-sting) and can cause a swelling and fever.
Despite the soaring price of oil, motorists in Venezuela were paying just 2.3 cents (1.4 pence) per litre of petrol in November 2010 – less than the price of crude oil on the world markets.
Some world records aren’t pretty. Watching someone pull a truck via meat hooks in the back, for example, probably isn’t anyone’s idea of a beautiful aesthetic. But then there are some records that simply take your breath away, for all the right reasons. One of those is the highest waterfall, held by Venezuela’s Angel Falls. With a height of 979 m (3,212 ft), Angel Falls defines majesty. Its greatest single drop measures 807 m (2,648 ft), with other rapids and cascades combining to form the Continue reading →
The most people applying lipstick simultaneously is 1,002 and was achieved by Ésika in an event organized by Impact Producciones in Centro Comercial Tamanaco, Caracas, Venezuela on 19 August 2012. Ésika is a make up and perfume brand, part of Cooporación Belcorp which is active in 17 countries almost all in Latin America. The event was to celbrate 15 years in Venezuela and launch a new perfume product, during the event the women also sprayed perfume after putting on lipstick. All the participants were women Continue reading →