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In the far north of Brazil, the state of Roraima, butting against Guiana and Venezuela, created in 1991, came to world notice in 1998 when devastating forest fires wreaked havoc on the area. It’s an active frontier zone and is notable mainly for the mountains and rock formations with high table-top plateaux to the north of the region. These mountains continue into Venezuela and Guyana where they were made famous by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book The Lost World. Most of Roraima state, however, is relatively flat grassland.

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