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Veldze Waterfall (Veldzes ūdenskritums)

Veldze Waterfall in May 2004
Veldze Waterfall in May 2004. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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A low, 0.5-0.9 m high waterfall over a dolostone step in Veldze River.

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GPS coordinates
56.9851 N 22.0482 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Kurzeme, Kuldiga Municipality, in Rumbenieki village, on Veldze River some 140 m south from the old lime kiln
Around 0.5 – 0.9 m
11 – 16.3 m

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WorldYellow In detail

One of the less known waterfalls is the small Veldze Waterfall near Kuldiga Town.

Veldze Waterfall at high water, March 2023
Veldze Waterfall at high water, March 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

This waterfall has formed on the Middle Devonian dolostone of Pļaviņas Stage. Close nearby are ruins of a lime kiln and there is a possibility that this waterfall has been transformed by human activity while mining the dolostone.

Veldze Waterfall is rather unsightly. During the summer the stream almost stops and, as the river is rather polluted by agricultural runoff, the exposed area around the falls might be covered with organic slime (meh!). When the water is high, the small step almost disappears.

Nearby are two more small waterfalls – Riezupe Waterfall and the charming Trejrumbina.

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