A Brief History of Garden Water Features

The water from creeks and other sources was originally delivered to the citizens of nearby communities and municipalities by way of water fountains, whose design was primarily practical, not aesthetic. r-114__58788.jpg In the days before electric power, the spray of fountains was powered by gravity only, usually using an aqueduct or water supply located far away in the nearby mountains. Typically used as memorials and commemorative structures, water fountains have influenced men and women from all over the planet throughout the centuries. Rough in design, the first water fountains did not appear much like contemporary fountains. A stone basin, carved from rock, was the 1st fountain, used for holding water for drinking and religious purposes. Rock basins are believed to have been first made use of around the year 2000 BC. The spray of water emerging from small spouts was pushed by gravity, the lone power source designers had in those days. The placement of the fountains was determined by the water source, which is why you’ll normally find them along aqueducts, waterways, or streams. Fountains with decorative Gods, mythological beasts, and animals began to show up in Rome in about 6 B.C., crafted from rock and bronze. A well-engineered system of reservoirs and aqueducts kept Rome's public water fountains supplied with fresh water.

Where are the Planet's Most Impressive Water Elements?

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning fountain in the world. It spouts out water reaching 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 blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Regarded as the tallest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

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. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded songs and shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

Early Crete & The Minoans: Water Features

A variety of kinds of conduits have been found through archaeological excavations on the isle of Crete, the birthplace of Minoan society. They not only aided with the water supplies, they eliminated rainwater and wastewater as well. They were commonly made from clay or rock. Terracotta was used for channels and pipelines, both rectangle-shaped and circular. There are a couple of illustrations of Minoan terracotta pipes, those with a shortened cone form and a U-shape which haven’t been seen in any society since that time. The water availability at Knossos Palace was maintained with a strategy of clay piping which was positioned below the floor, at depths ranging from a couple of centimeters to many meters. These Minoan pipelines were also used for collecting and stocking water, not just circulation. In order to make this possible, the pipelines had to be created to handle: Underground Water Transportation: This concealed system for water distribution could possibly have been chosen to give water to select men and women or functions. Quality Water Transportation: There is also proof that concludes the pipes being employed to provide for fountains independently of the domestic scheme.


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