King Fahd's Fountain
The fountain illuminated at night
|Location||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia|
King Fahd's Fountain, also known as the Jeddah Fountain, is the tallest of its type of fountain in the world. Located in the coast of Jeddah, west coast of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The fountain jets water to a maximum height of, according to different sources, either 853 feet (260 m)or 1,024 feet (312 m) above the Red Sea. (Even at the lower figure, King Fahd's Fountain would easily be the world's tallest; the second-tallest is the Gateway Geyser in East St. Louis, America with a water height of about 630 feet (192 m).)
The fountain was donated to the city of Jeddah by King Fahd, hence its name. The fountain is visible throughout the entire vicinity of Jeddah. The water it ejects can reach a speed of 375 kilometres (233 mi) per hour and its airborne mass can exceed 18 short tons (16,000 kg). It was constructed between 1980 and 1983 and began operating in 1985. The fountain uses saltwater taken from the Red Sea instead of freshwater. It uses over 500 spotlights to illuminate the fountain at night.
On 27 March 2010, the fountain's lights were turned off in a support for Earth Hour 2010.
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