The Original Fountains

b-047__15614.jpg Water fountains were initially practical in purpose, used to convey water from canals or creeks to cities and villages, supplying the residents with clean water to drink, bathe, and cook with. A source of water higher in elevation than the fountain was necessary to pressurize the flow and send water squirting from the fountain's nozzle, a system without equal until the later half of the nineteenth century. Fountains spanning history have been developed as memorials, impressing local citizens and travelers alike. When you encounter a fountain nowadays, that is definitely not what the 1st water fountains looked like. A natural stone basin, carved from rock, was the first fountain, utilized for holding water for drinking and spiritual functions. Stone basins are believed to have been 1st used around 2000 BC. The spraying of water appearing from small spouts was pressured by gravity, the sole power source builders had in those days. Positioned near reservoirs or springs, the functional public water fountains furnished the local population with fresh drinking water. Fountains with embellished Gods, mythological beasts, and creatures began to show up in Rome in about 6 B.C., built from natural stone and bronze. Water for the open fountains of Rome was brought to the city via a complex system of water aqueducts.

The Biggest Fountains Around the World

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet.

Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the sky.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in second with water heights of 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. This fountain is regarded as the tallest in the U.S. with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

Next is the fountain found in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which shoots water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

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 made its first appearance in 2009 next to the tallest building in the world, the 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).

Built in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

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

Selecting Wind Bells and Wind Chimes for Your Backyard

Pick simple wind chimes in order to prevent possible clashes in decor styles. It is important to place them wherever they blend in effortlessly. When it comes to wind chimes, the sound is more significant than the appearance. Consider a simpler aluminum type of wind chime over a more ornamental set since these typically make a more pure sound quality. Hanging your chimes at different heights is important when making your very own wind chime garden. For instance, setting your wind chimes on a sundeck, in a small line of trees, or among flowers can create a beautiful outdoor environment. The blowing breeze will produce a sound that will emanate throughout your whole backyard. If you want to enjoy the aesthetic facet of wind chimes, make sure they are in line of vision by placing them where they will reflect the sun at sunrise and at sunset. Wind chime gardens designed of aluminum fit well with stone decor, coursing water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.


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