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Location: Tannourine road
Geology: Keserouane Formation
Development: -255m depth

Also known as the ‘Three Bridges’ or ‘Trois Ponts’ this sinkhole as a spectacular entrance with an open air 70m drop passing three natural rock bridges. The cave then becomes a series of pits the longest being 80m. In winter a 70m waterfall flows through the cave and it is becomes inaccessible as it fills with water. The cave contains some deep water pools that need to be bypassed by some swimming abilities.


Downloads:
Collaboration des gouffres de Balouaa Baatara et Balouaa Balaa (Caza de Batroun) 1985 - 1988, Al Ouat'Ouat Journal, Volume 3
PHOTOGRAPHIES

Bataara sinkhole entrance with three natural bridges_photo by Yusef Assaf
Bataara sinkhole entrance with three natural bridges_photo by nabil Shehab
One of the bridges of Baatara sinkhole_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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