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Omiki Waterfall (Omiķu ūdenskritums)

Omiki Waterfall, March 2023
Omiki Waterfall, March 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

WorldBlue  In short

A picturesque and lesser-known natural landmark near Kuldīga Town is Omiki Waterfall. This 3.5 m high waterfall falls into a short canyon – ravine.

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GPS coordinates
56.8855 N 22.2693 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Kurzeme, Kuldiga Municipality, Vārme parish, northeast from Vārme village, at the southern bank of Šķēde millpond
Stream
Vārme Brook that falls into millpond on Šķēde River
Height
Some 3.5 m
Drops
2 (0.6 and 2.9 m)
Width
up to 0.7 m

Map of the site

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WorldYellow In detail

Omiki Waterfall is rather far from other waterfalls, it is a kind of unexpected find among the agricultural fields and forest groves near Vārme village.

Omiki Waterfall, May 2003
Omiki Waterfall, May 2003. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

This waterfall formed on a fairly recently (last decades) formed ravine on the bank of a 19th-century millpond. In this ravine, the stream exposed interesting features – the Upper Devonian dolostone and sandstone of Mūri Stage. These sediments contain some 360 million years old fossils of mollusks and other organisms.

Omiki Waterfall, March 2023
Omiki Waterfall, March 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

Waterfall in the ravine falls for some months every year. During the winter instead of the waterfall is a beautiful ice formation but during the summer the falls are dry.

Omiki Ravine, March 2023
Omiki Ravine, March 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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