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Mizalvalka Waterfall (Mīzalvalka ūdenskritums)

Mizalvalka Waterfall in November 2023
Mizalvalka Waterfall in November 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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In the forests of Northern Kurzeme is an elusive, fairly recently formed waterfall – Mizalvalka Waterfall. This is quite small, 0.9 – 1 m high and 1 m wide waterfall.

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GPS coordinates
57.6 N 22.2675 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Kurzeme, Talsi Municipality, Dundaga Parish, some 800 m north-west from Pēterkalni farmstead, in the forest, on Mīzalvalks Stream
Name in Latvian
Mīzalvalka ūdenskritums
Mīzalvalks Stream (in Latvian: Mīzalvalks)
0.9 – 1 m (November 2023)
1 m at a higher water

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Mizalvalka Waterfall (Mīzalvalka ūdenskritums)
Mizalvalka Waterfall in November 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

Mizalvalka Waterfall is a fairly recent formation, partly shaped by man. The current route of the stream was made artificially and waterfall on it formed over the last decades since 1975 or even 1990ies. To the wider public this small waterfall became known just over the last few years, since around 2020.

Waterfall is located in a remote area, some distance away from Slitere Blue Mountains, in a hilly forest with no known cliffs or waterfalls nearby. Mizalvalka Waterfall has formed on Middle Devonian layer of malm, a part of Narva Formation – the exposed rocks are similar to the malm of the nearby Zartapi Waterfall. Below the layer of malm is sandstone that is exposed in the small canyon below the falls as well.

The name “Mizalvalks” causes giggles among Latvians: the word means “the Piss Stream”. Well, there are quite a few fine waterfalls around the world with similar names, like Pissing Mare Falls in Canada and many others.

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