The World’s Most Amazing Water Elements

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). The water here shoots up to a height 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 shooting up 202 meters (663 feet). brk-346__50387.jpg

The Gateway Geyser (1995) found next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is number three on the list. It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

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

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of propelling water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. Once every 1/2 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).

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

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

The Original Water Features

As originally conceived, water fountains were crafted to be practical, guiding water from streams or reservoirs to the residents of cities and settlements, where the water could be used for cooking food, cleaning, and drinking. In the days before electrical power, the spray of fountains was driven by gravity alone, often using an aqueduct or water resource located far away in the surrounding mountains. Inspirational and impressive, big water fountains have been designed as memorials in nearly all cultures. The contemporary fountains of modern times bear little resemblance to the very first water fountains. A natural stone basin, carved from rock, was the 1st fountain, utilized for holding water for drinking and religious purposes. Natural stone basins are thought to have been 1st used around 2,000 BC. The first fountains put to use in ancient civilizations relied on gravity to control the flow of water through the fountain. Drinking water was supplied by public fountains, long before fountains became ornate public statues, as striking as they are functional. Creatures, Gods, and religious figures dominated the very early ornate Roman fountains, beginning to appear in about 6 BC. A well-engineered collection of reservoirs and aqueducts kept Rome's public water fountains supplied with fresh water.

Integrate the Benefit of Feng Shui into Your Garden

Enjoy the health benefits of feng shui by incorporating its design elements into your yard.

As far as the size of your yard goes, it is not particularly important when adding feng shui design to it. If you have a lavish, charming one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

Whether you are adding feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. The first task is to understand 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 understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can make the most of their energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be integrated in the northeast section of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks epitomize the Earth element.

Consider introducing a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).


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