So Much Water... by bmac62 ()
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...over the dam.
We've been staying at Balmorhea State Park in West Texas for the past two days. The main feature here is a 3.5-million-US-gallon (13,000 m3) freshwater pool built around the San Solomon Springs. The spring has a constant flow of 22 to 28 million US gallons (110,000 m3) a day so no chlorination is required. The water temperature ranges from 72 to 76 F (22 to 24 C) and up to 30 feet (9.1 m) deep.
The photo above is some of the crystal clear artesian spring water flowing over a small weir dam between the pool and a desert wetlands full of birds and other wildlife.
Image Comments (32)
Good work. The jagged roof edge really shows the flow rate of the water and that the surface is a bit uneven. Beautiful colors, and ...wow, the foam and splashes at the bottom. I wonder how deep it is below the fall - water usually gouges out a good depth which depends on the fall height and amount of water at the base which the falling water has to pass through. With the temperature you give I feel like hopping in right away! Where I am, it's just above freezing and it's drizzling. Keep up the good work, Bill! :-)
This is exquisite, Bill - I can almost hear the sound of the water going over that spillway. And just look how clear and clean that water is! I'm amazed it's that warm - seems like spring water is usually more like 50-52F normally. That must be a fascinating place. I've always been fascinated by springs and the aquifers that feed them - where does all that water come from... Amazing..