Water Fountains Recorded by History

Water fountains were originally practical in function, used to bring water from rivers or creeks to towns and hamlets, supplying the residents with clean water to drink, wash, and prepare food with. c_109__08491.jpg In the days before electricity, the spray of fountains was powered by gravity only, commonly using an aqueduct or water supply located far away in the surrounding hills. The elegance and wonder of fountains make them appropriate for historical monuments. If you saw the earliest fountains, you would not recognize them as fountains. A stone basin, carved from rock, was the 1st fountain, utilized for containing water for drinking and religious functions. The oldest stone basins are believed to be from about 2000 BC. The spray of water emerging from small jets was pushed by gravity, the lone power source designers had in those days. The placement of the fountains was influenced by the water source, which is why you’ll commonly find them along aqueducts, waterways, or rivers. Fountains with ornamental Gods, mythological beasts, and animals began to show up in Rome in about 6 BC, built from stone and bronze. Water for the communal fountains of Rome was brought to the city via a elaborate system of water aqueducts.

Big Fountains Around the World

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning fountain in the world. The water reaches the astonishing height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Coming in second is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water shooting 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is number three on the list. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this fountain is the tallest in the United States.

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water shoots 190 meters (620 feet) high.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps function at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is located next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded musical themes while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, completed in 1970, launching water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

And finally comes the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

Outdoor Garden Fountains And Their Use In Minoa

During archaeological digs on the island of Crete, a variety of kinds of conduits have been found. They not solely aided with the water supplies, they extracted rainwater and wastewater as well. Many were made from clay or rock. Whenever manufactured from terracotta, they were usually in the shape of canals and circular or rectangular pipes. There are a couple of good examples of Minoan terracotta pipes, those with a shortened cone shape and a U-shape that haven’t been caught in any culture since that time. Clay pipelines were used to administer water at Knossos Palace, running up to three meters directly below the floors. The clay water lines were also made use of for amassing and holding water. In order to make this feasible, the pipes had to be fashioned to handle: Underground Water Transportation: Initially this system appears to have been designed not for ease but rather to offer water for specific individuals or rituals without it being seen. Quality Water Transportation: The water pipes could also have been used to move water to water fountains that were different from the city’s standard system.


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