Monday, January 31, 2011

A fountain that screwed up

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The water has been turned off in many beautiful fountains in drought-stricken Israel.
But for this fountain in Jerusalem's Safra Square, it's especially sad because the Archimedes' screw is, after all, a way to raise water from one level to another.

Here is an old Archimedes' screw that was actually used in agriculture years ago.
The now-rusty handle was once turned by hand.
It's on display with other old tools in Sergei Courtyard in the Russian Compound.
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This post is for both the weekly meme That's My World and the monthly City Daily Photo Theme Day.  The Februay 1 theme is fountains. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
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29 comments:

Marja said...

What an interesting way of getting the water to another level. I'll hope for you that you are getting rain soon.

Dina said...

Hi Marja, thanks. It has been raining since Saturday night and they forecast rain for the whole week. I just heard some hail falling!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That's very cool. I've seen diagrams of Archimedes screw used for pumping but to have it actually incorporated into a fountain is fabulous. I hope with your rain your dry spell may be over so your fountains can start working again.

We are supposed to get a foot of snow and an inch of ice tomorrow.

Kay L. Davies said...

I must look up the Archimedes screw.
I'm glad you've got some rain, but hail doesn't sound like very much fun.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

ρομπερτ said...

Must feel as if ancient time moves. How interesting a sight. Thank you for sharing.

Please have you all a peaceful new month.

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Kay said...

This is really wonderful, Dina and so very interesting. We're very happy that our drought is over. We've had enough rain now to make up for all the dry weather we've had. I hope the same will be for you soon, too.

Hels said...

As long as the water is recycled, the only bit of water that would be wasted would be via evaporation. Hot climates really need their fountains running properly.

Kate said...

I noticed that water is missing in many fountains in lots of different cities; sometimes it's because of the weather in the cities, the ages of the fountain, or saddest, of course, is drought or rationing much needed water.

J Bar said...

That really is a great fountain.
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Petrea said...

Glad you've got some rain, Dina. This fountain is quite beautiful, even without water flowing.

Ann said...

I walked past an old water pump, and it was turned off.

magiceye said...

interesting

re your question on my post - yes the synagogue is still in use.

Jilly said...

What a great post for today's subject and thanks for including the video. Magnificent fountain and fascinating to see the old one.

Apologies for lack of visits lately, Dina. I can see I've missed many good things and am about to catch up.

Dianne said...

Hoping you get a bit o rain soon Dina so that this and many more of you fountains can once again be flowing with water. Very interesting about the archimedes screw!
"Adelaide and Beyond"

cieldequimper said...

Love the video! :-) And good that you are getting rain.

Hilda said...

That is so cool! I've never heard of an Archimedes screw before. Ingenious!

Glad to hear you have rains again. I hope the hail doesn't destroy anything, however.

Ann said...

Haven't heard of this either. Would be a really interesting fountain to see. Shame there's no water.

Birdman said...

Hahahaha A screwed up fountain... that's funny!

Francisca said...

Great title, Dina. Noisy that fountain when it works, but very unique! Archimedes was a clever guy. I ditto Kay, hail??

Irina said...

I wish there is no need to store the water and the fountains will not disappear.

Louis la Vache said...

Even with the water off, it's still a fountain - more than «Louis» can say...He forgot Theme Day once AGAIN...

RuneE said...

I'll send you some water. We have got plenty ...

VP said...

I have seen this kind of pumps only in old pictures. A nice idea to make a fountain working like this.

Jørgen Carlsen said...

I very much like your choice of a fountain. How to get water up instead of down: use an Archimedes screw. I hope you get enough rain to set it in motion again.

Rob and Mandy said...

I'm always...amazed when I see one of them. The ingeniousity! As far as I know, they were actually first used in Egypt.

Leif Hagen said...

Now that is one interesting, unique water "fountain!"

Chuck Pefley said...

Rain and hail sounds like perhaps your drought has ended? That is a very interesting fountain ... does it recycle the water from an enclosed system? That would make sense, but it sounds like that may not be the case as it is not running.

Enjoy your moisture and look out for hailstones -:)

Bergson said...

strange foutain

JM said...

The fountain is fantastic even dry! Great entry.