Veczemju Rocks, Latvia

September 20, 2014


Photographer: Mihail Tyurin
Summary Authors: Mihail Tyurin; Jackie Phillips

The Devonian sandstone formations featured above, known as Veczemju klintis (klintis = rocks), are found along the Gulf of Riga in the Vidzeme region of Latvia. The cliffs are up to 20 ft (6 m) high and run about 650 ft (200 m) along the coast. The gulf experiences heavy autumn and winter storms. Heavy waves and storm surge, particularly in the latter half of the 20th century, have caused a great deal of erosion. Over the last 100 years the coast has retreated as much as 650 ft (200 m) in some places. Erosion has laced these sandstone rocks with many small caves, niches and grottoes. The area is part of Latvia's North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve. Photo taken on June 24, 2014.