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Amazing Balaa Sinkhole and Waterfall, Lebanon

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Nature | Comments Off on Amazing Balaa Sinkhole and Waterfall, Lebanon

The Baatara gorge waterfall or Balaa gorge waterfall is a waterfall in the Tannourine, Lebanon. During millions of years the waterfall had eroded a three leveled large dizzying sink hole, an open cavern some 255 meters deep. Three natural bridges! The waterfall drops 837 ft into the Baatara Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone located on the Lebanon Mountain Trail.
Discovered in 1952 by French bio-speleologist Henri Coiffait, the waterfall and accompanying sinkhole were fully mapped in the 1980s by the Speleo club du liban. The cave is also known as the “Cave of the Three Bridges.”

Traveling from Laklouk to Tannourine one passes the village of Balaa, and the “Three Bridges Chasm” is a five-minute journey into the valley below where one sees three natural bridges, rising one above the other and overhanging a chasm descending into Mount Lebanon.

During the spring snow melt, a 90–100-metre (300–330 ft) cascade falls behind the three bridges and then down into the 250-metre (820 ft) chasm. A 1988 fluorescent dye test demonstrated that the water emerged at the spring of Dalleh in Mgharet al-Ghaouaghir.