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The caves of Lebanon  >  AL-BADAOUIYE SINKHOLE

Location: Oun el Siman, Kfardebian
Geology: Sannine Formation
Development: -205m depth
Special issues: Area is mined and a guide is needed

Discovered in 1966 this 205m sinkhole has a 10m diameter circular entrance. The sinkhole was descended in the 60’s using metal ladders with a lateral cable across its diameter. This sinkhole contains the longest single shaft located in Lebanon measuring 160m. At the bottom of this shaft lies approximately 6m of perennial snow.
PHOTOGRAPHIES

Arriving after the 160m ascent_photo by Issam Bou Jaoude
Finally arriving_photo by Issam Bou Jaoude
Houet el Badawiyeh sinkhole_photo by Rena Karanouh
Houet el Badawiyeh_photo by Rena Karanouh
Houet elk Badawiyeh at night descent_photo by Issam Bou Jaoude
Snow at the bottom of the 160m shaft_photo by Issam Bou Jaoude
The Houet el Badawiyeh sinkhole_photo by marwan zgheib2
The Houet el Badawiyeh sinkhole_photo by marwan zgheib
The rigging of Houet el Badawiyeh_photo by Rena Karanouh
The terrain of Houet el Badawiyeh_photo by Issam Bou Jaoude


Caves of Lebanon

THE LONGEST CAVES OF LEBANON
( as of 2008, Speleo Club du Liban archives)
1   JIITA CAVE   {10,050}
2   ROUEISS CAVE   {5,460}
3   AFQA CAVE   {5,260}
4   AL-KASSARAT CAVE   {4,648}
5   AIN AL-LIBNE CAVE   {4,560}
6   NABAA AL-SHATAWIE   {4,130}
7   FAOUAR DARA SINKHOLE   {3,500}
8   QATTINE AZAR SINKHOLE   {3,100}
9   DAHR AL-AIN CAVE   {1,500}
10   NABAA AL-MOUTRAN CAVE   {1,200}

THE DEEPEST CAVES IN LEBANON
( as of 2008, Speleo Club du Liban archives)
1   FAOUAR DARA SINKHOLE   {-622}
2   QATTINE AZAR SINKHOLE   {-515}
3   BALLOUH BAATARA SINKHOLE   {-255}
4   JOURET AL-ABED SINKHOLE   {-255}
5   AL-BADAOUIYE SINKHOLE   {-205}
6   AIN AL-LIBNE SINKHOLE   {-195}
7   OTHMAN REMAIHY SINKHOLE   {-163}
8   AAQROUB SINKHOLE   {-155}
9   BALLOUH BALAA SINKHOLE   {-152}
10   TARCHICH SINKHOLE   {-147}
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