The Baatara gorge waterfall (Balaa gorge waterfall) is a waterfall in the Tannourine, Lebanon.
The waterfall drops 255 metres (837 ft) into the Baatara Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone located on the Lebanon Mountain Trail.
Discovered in 1952 by French bio speologist Henri Coiffait, the waterfall and accompanying sinkhole were fully mapped in the 1980s by the Speleo club 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” (in French “Gouffre des Trois Ponts”) 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 melt, a 90–100-metre (300–330 ft) cascade falls behind the three bridges and then down into the 250-metre (820 ft) chasm
As Lebanon witnesses one of the harshest droughts in 50 years, Balaa Pothole, ranked among the 15th amazing waterfalls in the word had dried up.
According to Lebanon’s meteorological service, the country’s precipitation level in 2014 was at a new low at 431 mm since September 2013, less than half of last year’s 905.8 mm, and far lower than the average 812 mm. This is the first major drought the country has witnessed in 50 years, but it is harsher since 100 years.
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