King Fahd's Fountain
The fountain illuminated at night
|Location||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia|
Located on the coast of Jeddah, on the west coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the fountain jets water to a maximum height, according to different sources, of 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, Illinois, USA with a water height of about 630 feet (192 m).)
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). The fountain uses saltwater taken from the Red Sea instead of freshwater. It uses over 500 spotlights to illuminate the fountain at night.
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