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Meltwater turns this cave into the stuff of fairytales

Meltwater turns this cave into the stuff of fairytales

These surreal looking pictures aren’t the stuff of fairytales – they’re part of a real limestone cave. The Baatara Gorge Waterfall, or “Three Bridge Chasm,” in Tannourine, Lebanon was carved out of ancient limestone over millions of years by winter meltwater.

The waterfall, which is fed by meltwater from Mount Lebanon, falls 250 meters into the chasm’s depths past 160-million-year-old limestone that stretches as far back as the Jurassic period.

Experiments carried out with fluorescent dye in 1988 indicated that the water from the chasm emerges from underground at a spring in the nearby town of Mgharet al-Ghaouaghir.

This incredible site is however only available during March and April, when the snow in surrounding areas melts and forms a waterfall.


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