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A traditional fountain is an artistic arrangement where water is released from a source (Latin fons), fills a basin of some kind, and is drained away. Fountains may be wall fountains or free-standing. In fountains sheets of water may flow over varied surfaces of stone, concrete or metal. Basins may overflow from one into another, or the overflow may imitate a natural cascade. Many fountains are located in small, artificial, ornamental ponds, basins and formal garden pools, and often they include sculptures or are designed as such.

One of the most common features of a fountain, if there is enough pressure, is one or more jets, in which water is forced into the air under pressure to some height.

You will find splash fountains, musical fountains (hydrolophones), bathing fountains, illuminated fountains within public parks, zoos, on campuses, in front of castles or other famous places.
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