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Location: Khallet Kazen, South Lebanon
Geology: Bikfaya Formation
Development: 4130m

Special issues: The landowner needs to be contacted and permission is needed from him to enter

Discovered in 1956 this 4130m cave is located in the South of Lebanon near the village of Rihan. The cave was found after the owner enlarged the opening of a spring called Nabaa el Shatawie. The SCL had surveyed 2500m of the cave in 1956. During the occupation of the South this cave was inaccessible and in 2000, after the liberation, all caves were finally reachable. The cave consists of a a long 500m passage leading to a big room called the basketball room. After this a series of siphons hinder the route and need to be pumped. The end of the cave bifurcates into two passages finally ending with a terminal siphon that cannot be bypassed. There are beautiful gypsum speleothems inside the cave ranging from snow to flowers to boxwork.


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Mgharet Nabaa el Shatawie
PHOTOGRAPHIES

Column inside Shatawie cave_photo by Issam Bou Jaoude
Gypsum inside Shatawie cave_photo by Issam Bou Jaoude
The Basketball Room inside Shatawie cave _photo by Issam Bou Jaoude
Tunnel inside Shatawie cave 2_photo by Issam Bou Jaoude
Tunnel inside Shatawie cave_photo by Issam Bou Jaoude
Turnips inside Shatawie cave_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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