Ebbing and Flowing Spring - Rogersville, TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 36° 25.546 W 082° 57.328
17S E 324700 N 4032950
Quick Description: This freshwater spring exhibits cyclical water flow rates going from a trickle to several hundred gallons per minute roughly every three hours.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 6/22/2009 2:48:28 AM
Waymark Code: WM6MP6
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Clan Riffster
Views: 5

Long Description:
Other information sources have reported that: "Ebbing and Flowing Spring is one of only two known springs in the world to exhibit tidal characteristics with a predictable regularity. During a period of 2 hours and 47 minutes, the spring's flow ranges from an indiscernible trickle to 500 gallons per minute. This phenomenon is not understood, but has it generated much speculation." (Wikipedia, Earthcache GC1JYY3)

As an engineer, I have thought how this observed phenomena could be occuring and realized that a siphon was involved. The hillside above the spring has a large cavern space which is continually filling with water from rain or other underground flow. From this cavern, there is a path with an upward, then downward bend which then continues to the spring outlet at the ground level. Water fills the cavern until its liquid level is higher than the top of the exiting bend. A siphon results which quickly pulls the water out of the cavern until air breaks the vacuum. Therefore, flows of a trickle to a gush are observed in a regular cycle. Zoom in on the illustration in the gallery for a visual explanation.

See also an 1823 book on physics "Lectures on select subjects in mechanics, hydrostatics, hydraulics" by James Ferguson, David Brewster for a similar explaination with two caverns to have a ebbing spring with a continual (not a trickle) flow at its minimum rate. Scanned by Google Books, although the illustrations are chopped off.
Public or Private Land?: Private

Public Land Fees?: 0

Private Land access?: The spring is privately owned by descendants of Thomas Amis (pronounced Amy), but it is open to the public.

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