Monday, 20 September 2004
Twenty Largest Jewels Of The Ozarks
CREDIT: © Jo Schaper/Beginner's Guide to Missouri Springs
WHERE: Mammoth Spring, AR, USA. WHAT: one of Missouri's twenty largest springs.
MAP: Mammoth Spring. Thumbnail pops-up source page.
One of the interesting things about the twenty largest springs in the state of Missouri is that one of them, Mammoth Spring, is in the neighboring state of Arkansas. It is one of those bitter twists of irony that we mentioned yesterday when we visited Hodgson Mill: the millwheel there is fed by one of the twenty springs, Hodgsons Mill Spring as you probably guessed. Today's picture shows the errant Mammoth Spring, which lies five hundred feet south from the state line dividing Missouri from Arkansas, although ninety percent of the spring's output is acquired in Missouri. This inequitable division results from using straight lines to divide up the country, rather than the natural boundaries for yesterday's watersheds.
The Beginner's Guide has a full list of the twenty springs, each linking to its own description page with a picture [the Roubidoux Spring is missing its picture]. There is a map indicating spring sites, and a quick guide to the karst geology that has led to the formation of so many springs. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is administered by the NPS [National Park Service] which offers a park information web site.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)