Visit the World’s Most Incredible Fountains

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning fountain in the world. It propels water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Reaching water heights of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the second highest worldwide. twf102__25055.jpg

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

With water jetting 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes 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 opened in 2009 near to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded music 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).

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

Fountains: A Fascination for Your Beloved Furry Friends and Flying Visitors

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water features bring in wildlife. The truth is that birds require water to: drink, bathe and preen. Robins, thrushes, orioles and warblers, though not attracted to bird feeders, are instead drawn to the movement of water produced by fountains. Many flying creatures enjoy running water rather than of still water, thus making such outdoor features much more appealing than bowl shaped birdbaths. Birds are highly attracted to the trickling and splashing sounds produced.

As dog owners will concur these outdoor fountains are a great water resource for the four-legged creatures. Dogs and cats will be outside looking out for refreshing water during hot temperatures. Also, regularly coursing water fountains require less maintenance than the still water of a birdbath that tend to get dirtier.

Introducing Self-Contained Backyard Water Fountains

People love self-contained fountains for their simple installation and low cost. All of the pieces are included with the fountain even the plumbing and pump. Another name for a fountain having its own water source is known as “self-contained”.

Given that they do not need much work to install, self-contained fountains are ideal for patios and porches. They are also not difficult to move from place to place.

Once you decide where you want to put your fountain, your landscaper should ensure that it is not too bumpy or uneven. Do not worry if the land is not flat, your landscaper can usually even it out. The time has come to position your water feature where you want it and fill it with water. It is now time to plug it in using either an electrical outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

Anyone who does not have easy access to a water source or external plumbing should think about a self-contained fountain. Lots of people put them in the center of the garden, but they can really go anywhere. Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just a few of the materials used to build them.

Enticing Water Features for Kitty Cats

Whenever your cat hears water running in the kitchen, does he come running? Does he put his paws into the toilet or touch the water in his bowl before sticking his face in it? Odd as these behaviors sound, they really show a cat’s natural instinct to avoid still standing water. As a matter of fact, they do not have a strong natural inclination to hydrate.

Untamed cats get adequate moisture from the meat they consume. Therefore, felines never developed the instinct to drink water. Pet cats, however, depend on you for their water, as they do not get the enough hydration from their meals. To maintain a good water source for your pet, get it a cat fountain.

Unlimited fresh water will continually be available to your pet if you get one. There are many different models of fountains so you can buy one that your cat really likes. Some fountains are essentially a bowl which refills automatically while others provide fresher water due to their continuous flow.

Create a Garden Fountain as a Commemorative Piece

For a loved one you have lost, a garden fountain can make a unique memorial.

Customs that used to be in use are often ignored these days. Yet most cultures even today build memorials to honor their dead. Personal things from the dead person’s life often play an important part in a commemorative piece. A lot of people view backyard garden fountains as wonderful commemorative pieces to their cherished ones. You can personalize it in many ways such as incorporating a nameplate, having yearly memorial services around the fountain, planting flowers nearby, or including a framed photo.

Garden fountains allow you to pay homage to loved ones you have lost. The flowing of water through the fountain symbolizes the luck and affluence of your loved one and can also be part of the recognition of their life. It is highly worthwhile to buy a high quality, sturdy garden fountain that is resistant to bad weather so that it will last a very long time. You will want to be sure that your memorial will survive many years once in place.

The First Outdoor Water Fountains

The water from rivers and other sources was originally delivered to the occupants of nearby towns and cities through water fountains, whose design was mainly practical, not artistic. To produce water flow through a fountain until the later part of the 1800’s, and generate a jet of water, mandated the force of gravity and a water source such as a creek or reservoir, located higher than the fountain. The splendor and spectacle of fountains make them appropriate for historical memorials. Crude in style, the 1st water fountains did not look much like modern-day fountains. Designed for drinking water and ceremonial purposes, the first fountains were simple carved stone basins. The oldest stone basins are thought to be from about 2000 B.C.. The earliest civilizations that made use of fountains depended on gravity to force water through spigots. Drinking water was supplied by public fountains, long before fountains became ornate public monuments, as attractive as they are practical. Fountains with flowery decoration began to show up in Rome in about 6 BC, normally gods and animals, made with natural stone or bronze.

Water for the public fountains of Rome was delivered to the city via a intricate system of water aqueducts.


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