- Potaro River
The Potaro River is a river in
Guyanain northern South America.
The source of the Potaro River is in the
Mount Ayangannaarea of the Pakaraima Mountainsin the North Rupununi Savannahs. The river runs for approximately 225 km (140 miles) before flowing into the Essequibo River, Guyana's largest river.
Nine waterfalls are found on the Potaro River, most notable being
Kaieteur Fallsand Tumatumari Falls. Below Kaieteur Falls lies Amatuk Falls & Waratuk Falls.
Suspension bridge, the Garraway Stream Bridgecrosses the river. As well, 'Two Islands' is found on the Potaro River. Chenapauis a small Amerindianvillage located in forested terrain along the Potaro River south of Kaieteur Falls. Menzies Landing, a small settlement that is a 20 minute walk upriver from Kaieteur Falls, is the main staging area for up river travel. Up river from the falls, the Potaro Plateau stretches out to the distant escarpment of the Pakaraima Mountains.
goldand diamondsare extracted from the river in this mineral-rich area. Individuals who pan for gold are referred to as Porkknockers.
In the first half of the 20th century miners, employing primitive methods, recovered significant quantities of gem-quality diamonds from the area's rivers and streams. In fact the two largest gem-quality diamonds recovered in Guyana to date - 56.75 carats (11.35 g) from
Little Uewang Riverand 25.67 carats (5.134 g) from Maple Creek- were recovered in the Potaro area.
Many thousands of ounces of placer gold have been recovered from the area's stream gravels, residual placers and saprolites.
Potariteis named for the river where it was first discovered.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.