The Original Water Features

Water fountains were at first practical in function, used to deliver water from canals or springs to towns and villages, providing the residents with fresh water to drink, wash, and prepare food with. In the years before electric power, the spray of fountains was powered by gravity alone, often using an aqueduct or water source located far away in the surrounding mountains. Fountains spanning history have been crafted as monuments, impressing hometown citizens and travelers alike. The common fountains of today bear little resemblance to the very first water fountains. brk-303-3__34127.jpg A stone basin, carved from rock, was the 1st fountain, utilized for containing water for drinking and religious purposes. 2000 B.C. is when the oldest identified stone fountain basins were actually used. The very first civilizations that made use of fountains relied on gravity to drive water through spigots. The placement of the fountains was influenced by the water source, which is why you’ll usually find them along aqueducts, canals, or rivers. Fountains with elaborate decoration began to show up in Rome in approx. 6 BC, commonly gods and creatures, made with natural stone or copper-base alloy. A well-designed system of reservoirs and aqueducts kept Rome's public water fountains supplied with fresh water.

Where are the Planet's Biggest Water Fountains?

Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. The water here jets up to a elevation of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water jetting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. Regarded as the highest fountain in the United States, it propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

With water jetting 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes it on the list.

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are in use, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is located next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa.

The fountain shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

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

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

How Feng Shui Turn Your Yard into a Haven

Incorporating feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

Size is not the primary concern when incorporating feng shui design to your yard. A huge area is great for those lucky enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Whether you are bringing feng shui design to your home or garden, the tools are the same. The initial part is to figure out the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

Before getting started, make sure you grasp the five elements of feng shui so that you can maximize their energy.

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is essential to use it. This could be the ideal place to put a meditative Zen garden with some beautiful stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas perfect for a water feature.


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