Maral Waterfall (Borcka-Artvin), its Natural Characteristics, and Economic Potentiality
ABSTRACT Maral Waterfall is located at 41° 57’ E and 41° 30’ N the northwestern of Karçal Mountains in Turkey. The waterfall, formed on Maral Creek, is administratively within Maral village borders, Borçka, Artvin. The most distinctive feature of the waterfall is that water falls from 63 meters directly from a knick point. The waterfall, studied through travel-observation and interview method, exhibits the characteristics of Plunge or Vertical types in The World Waterfall Database. Being within Biosphere Reserve Protection Area decided by UNESCO, the waterfall is a hydro-geomorphologic formation that could take place in World Natural Heritage. The waterfall may contribute to the economy of the region if regulations are made for protection, advertisement and utilization. Key Words: Turkey, Artvin, Borcka, Camili, Maral Waterfall, Eco-Tourism.