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Is there a word ( noun ) that refers to the condition/ place at the base of a waterfall where the water that has fallen over upsurges upon hitting the bottom and rolls back on itself before continuing downstream ? I watched a child's ball caught in this, rolling on itself unable to float further with the flow.

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I think the phrase you're looking for is plunge pool.

"A plunge pool (or plunge basin or waterfall lake) is a depression at the base of a waterfall created by the falling water scouring where it lands."

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