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Venezuela | Unexplained small fire in inaccessible part of Canaima NP worries officials

A strange fire on the top of a unique geological formation in Venezuela has baffled scientists, park guards and local community leaders, who have never seen a fire in the area and worry that the rare mountain ecosystem could face increasing threats in the future.

The fire took place in May at the summit of a famous table-top mountain (known locally as a “tepuy”) called Mount Roraima, which sits on the border of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. The tepuy is approximately 2,723 meters (8,933 feet) high with a summit that stretches around 34 square kilometers (13 square miles). Its ecosystem is full of endemic species that have yet to be thoroughly studied.

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