Bukupe Falls (Bukupes ūdenskritumi)
Right next to the busy road between Riga and Liepaja are Bukupe Falls – small, picturesque falls.
Map of the site
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In the ravine of Bukupe River shortly before its fall in the flooded Ciecere River valley (Pakuļi mill pond) have formed small waterfalls and cliffs.
Earlier nature enthusiasts thought that this is the only waterfall in Latvia that formed on limestone. This could be Permian limestone – a witness of the early dinosaur era.
Closer check-ups by geologists testified that similar to most other waterfalls in Latvia, Bukupe Falls formed on dolostone. This dolostone formed in Upper Devonian and belongs to the Šķervelis Formation of the Famennian stage. Thus, it formed well before dinosaurs, some 360 million years ago.
Of course, the waterfall itself is much younger and formed after the last Ice Age.
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