The aim of this website is to present the interesting and somewhat mysterious sites of our planet. One can say that there are zillions of websites doing this and after all - there are online encyclopaedias and global photography networking sites which cover everything what comes into the human mind.
Yes - one can find a lot on internet encyclopaedias and elsewhere on the Internet. Yes - interested people are sending their geolocated photographs with short descriptions to numerous websites. Yes - countless people share their impressions in numerous websites, recounting the pros and cons of everything that they see and feel.
And - a big NO - most of the interesting and mysterious sites of the Earth have been poorly covered on the Internet. People are photographing the same places, walking the same paths and exchanging the same information. Some places do get lots of coverage, but most - almost none. Even worse, misinformation is repeated over numerous websites.
The author aims to represent the unusual sites on Earth in a uniform way, with thorough (by Internet standards) descriptions, and if he is lucky - with images. As this is an extended personal site - the descriptions are personal as well, with more or less uniform quality.
Most of the sites described here have not been visited by the author and he has relied on information prepared by others. As this is not a scientific work, I have not used extensive reference notes. If you happen to find inaccurate facts - please, let me know!
Copyrights and responsibilities
Although the author has put substantial work into the development of the text for this website, much of its impact is created by the images, which for the most part have been created by others.
To have solidarity with those authors, I have decided that my own texts and images from this website will be also available to others. Texts from this website are licensed through Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share Alike license. If you use any text from this website, you must provide an explicit link: Gatis Pavils, www.wondermondo.com. You are not allowed to have direct earnings from my work, nor to copy of it onto another website using Google Adsense or similar program. You are allowed to copy it on an educational site such as Wikipedia, if you provide explicit link to my website as stated above.
Some of the images on this website have been taken by the author himself - but most of the pictures are from other authors, from around the world. I have done my best to find images which have been licensed for use on such websites as Wondermondo and to give proper credit to their authors. Most of the images have been licensed as copyleft and with the Creative Commons Share Alike group.
Please, if you do not want your image to be shown here due to changed license terms or any other reasons, send me a message and I will remove it as soon as possible! And, of course, you are encouraged to suggest any necessary changes to credits, captions to images and so forth.
The information contained in this website is intended as general information only. While the author endeavours to keep the information correct and up-to-date, he makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability of this information. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. The owner of this website takes no responsibility and will not be liable for eventual negative consequences with attributed linkage to the use of this website and information contained therein. The owner of this website takes no responsibility for and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond his control. The owner of this website has exclusive rights to publish and to remove any published information from this website.
It might happen that sensitive information is published on this Website. The author does not intend to create any harm - if you find that that publication of information on this website may lead to adverse effects, please inform me - I will do my best to remove the unwanted information.
Through this website there are links available to other websites. The owner of this website has no control and responsibility over the content and availability of those other websites.
The owner and author of the website "Wondermondo - an armchair guide to world attractions" is Gatis Pavils - BSc.Geol and MSc.Env.
Many thanks to Mare-Liis Balles for checking the language and grammar in many pages!!! If you happen to find stylistic and grammar mistakes - most likely this is in a page unchecked by her and thus - my fault!
This website invites you to dive into the infinite universe of the natural and cultural heritage sites to be found in Latvia. This land is small and little known - but there is a lot more to see here than you can imagine!
Creation of website was started in December 2009.