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Gobdzinu Ravine Waterfall

Gobdzinu Ravine Waterfall, March 2024
Gobdzinu Ravine Waterfall, March 2024. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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The deep, secluded ravine to the north of Gobdzinu Cliffs conceals a petite waterfall. Gobdzinu Ravine Waterfall stands at approximately 2.3 meters in height and flows intermittently, yet it has sculpted a brief canyon.

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GPS coordinates
56.5871 N 21.9996 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Kurzeme, Kuldiga municipality, Skrunda parish, at the foot of Gobdzinas cliff north from Ventmaliesi farmstead
seasonal, short brook without name, unofficially – Gobdzinu Ravine
2.3 m
Up to 0.5 m
Name in Latvian, alternate names
Gobdziņu gravas ūdenskritums

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Gobdzinu Ravine Waterfall, January 2004
Gobdzinu Ravine Waterfall, January 2004. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Gobdzinu Cliffs are among Latvia’s most impressive precipices, but few are aware that some 700 meters northeast lies a profound ravine housing a charming waterfall.

This waterfall has taken shape over a 0.6-meter thick layer of oolitic sandstone, which is more robust than the delicate sandstone beneath it, resulting in an almost 1-meter wide overhang. Its overall height measures around 2.3 meters. These rocks belong to the Upper Famennian period of the Late Devonian.

The author is acquainted with four additional small, seasonal waterfalls in this vicinity, including the similarly modest Lepenieku Waterfall. However, the other three (including the 0.6-meter high Ketleru Waterfall) are less captivating.

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