Tepuis are table-top mountains or mesas remaining from the erosion of large sandstone plateaus over millions of years. The plateaus of tepuis are isolated from the ground forest, with their own climate, flora, and fauna. Heavy tropical rains wash away nearly all soil, so that vegetation can take hold only in protected cracks and gullies.
These unique environments inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Lost World. The largest concentration of tepuis is in southeastern Venezuela on the border with Guyana and Brazil.
This composition was created from feather rock with particularly dramatic grain patterns reflecting the eroded formations of tepuis.