Reflecting pool

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Temple of Debod (Madrid, Spain) in the reflecting pool of the garden of the Parque del Oeste. Madrid-Debod-TempleP1340709.jpg
Temple of Debod (Madrid, Spain) in the reflecting pool of the garden of the Parque del Oeste.

A reflecting pool or reflection pool is a water feature found in gardens, parks, and at memorial sites. It usually consists of a shallow pool of water, undisturbed by fountain jets, for a reflective surface.

Water feature

In landscape architecture and garden design, a water feature is one or more items from a range of fountains, jeux d'eau, pools, ponds, cascades, waterfalls, and streams. Before the 18th century they were usually powered by gravity, though the famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon are described by Strabo as supplied by an Archimedean screw. Other examples were supplied with water using hydraulic rams.

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Design

Reflecting pools are often designed with the outer basin floor at the rim slightly deeper than the central area to suppress wave formation. They can be as small as a bird bath to as large as a major civic element. Their origins are from ancient Persian gardens.

Persian gardens tradition and style of garden, and World Heritage Site

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List of notable pools

The Miroir d'eau by night in Bordeaux, France. Miroir d'eau place de la bourse a Bordeaux.jpg
The Miroir d'eau by night in Bordeaux, France.
Miroir deau reflecting pool in Bordeaux, France

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Bordeaux Prefecture and commune in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

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