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Sudmali Waterfall (Sudmaļu ūdenskritums)

Sudmali Waterfall in June 2002
Sudmali Waterfall in June 2002. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

WorldBlue  In short

A small but beautiful natural feature is Sudmali Waterfall. This is some 0.6 m high dolostone ledge across Valgale River, in a lush, green forest.

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GPS coordinates
57.0729 N 22.4662 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Kurzeme, Talsi Municipality, Abava parish, on Valgale River near Sudmali farmstead
Stream
Valgale River
Height
Some 0.6 m with an additional 0.3 m ledge some meters before
Drops
2 (0.3 and 0.6 m)
Width
up to 10 m
Alternate names
Valgales ūdenskritums, Valgales rumba

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WorldYellow In detail

Sudmaļi Waterfall is located in the picturesque, forested valley of Valgale River shortly before its fall into Abava River.

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

This is a low waterfall – just 0.6 m high, with an additional, 0.3 m step some meters before. It is especially beautiful in the late spring – early summer when there is less water in the river.

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

Similar to other waterfalls in this area, Sudmali Waterfall has formed on the Middle Devonian dolostone of Pļaviņas Stage.

After some 90 m comes a smaller dolostone step and then, after some 50 m – one more, with a spring pool near it.

Waterfall is a protected natural monument since 1957.

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