Go to the Ozarks

1 decade 3 years 1 week ago Friday, October 13 2006 Oct 13, 2006 Friday, October 13, 2006 6:05:58 PM CDT October 13, 2006 in News

Most Ozark streams are clear, cold, and fast-moving. Those qualities come from water deep within the earth, and that water emerges in a spring.

There are more than 50 springs in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The indians called this blue spring because of its intense blue color.

Each spring here has its own characteristics and forms in a very interesting way.

"Karst topography is what makes everything work in this area. What it is, is it is limestone rock that has been eaten away by water and has been dissolved. So when the rain comes down, it comes in and flows down into sinkholes or down through the limestone and into the underground aquifers and then springs such as this one ... pop out."

Springs normally rise in pools and cascade into what is called a spring branch. The spring branch generally flows less than a mile to a larger river, such as the Jack's Fork or current.

Only a few of the larger springs are well-developed and easily accessible to visitors. Alley Spring is one of them. Indians clustered near the spring thousands of years ago, and in 1839, Alley Spring was built to grind wheat and corn for local farmers, and what a picturesque place for a mill it was. Alley Spring pumps 81 million gallons of water per day into the Jack's Fork River.

Others along the stretch of rivers are round springs located on the current river, which increases the river's flow by 40 million gallons of water every day.But the mother of all springs in Missouri is called Big Spring. As much as 800 million gallons of water have poured out from openings in these limestone bluffs. The beautiful spring, with its constantly bubbling waters, is the largest in Missouri, the fourth largest in the U.S., and the ninth largest in the world.

Another interesting place is Rocky Falls. Rocky Falls is a place where during the summer you may see people playing in the water or on the rocks or just enjoying the beautiful scenery. It forms where Rocky Creek falls over this rock ledge and eventually flows into the current river.

The natural phenomena of springs and waterfalls is not only amazing, but the scenery around them can be breathtaking. Visitors and park staff say one of the best times to visit southeast Missouri is during the autumn when the hills are vibrant in color.

The peak of that fall color will likely occur over the next two weekends.For a link to the fall color report, go to KOMU.com.

More News

Grid
List
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is in the hospital again after falling and fracturing his pelvis Monday... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:54:38 AM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia approved an increase in funding for Job Point's affordable houses on Monday. Job... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 5:46:00 AM CDT October 22, 2019 in Top Stories
(CNN) -- Four attorneys general announced a proposed framework for a global settlement that could resolve lawsuits against five companies... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 4:16:38 AM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Tiger fans, the Border War is back. Missouri and Kansas have agreed to play... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 8:28:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
LOUISIANA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation has apologized for posting an edited photo that cropped out a... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 7:14:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A unanimous vote by the Columbia City Council Monday night decided School Resource Officers (SROs) will have another... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 6:34:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An attorney for a Missouri group pushing to expand access to voting argued in... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 4:19:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA — California police chief Shane Templeton has announced he will resign from his position on October 31. This... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 3:42:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone Hospital Center was recognized Monday for a fourth consecutive Magnet® recognition. Magnet is the highest honor... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 2:52:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department said Monday people should be wary of someone spoofing the department's main... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 2:22:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. — A clinic quietly constructed in southern Illinois to meet demand for abortion services by residents... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 12:09:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
FULTON - U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer is pushing for legislation that could offer more mobile mammogram services to rural communities... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 10:34:00 AM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed formal charges against Cameron White, 19, on Monday, charging him with second-degree murder and armed criminal... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 10:18:00 AM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- According to Missouri KidsFirst, almost one in ten kids will be sexually abused by the time they are... More >>
1 day ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 7:37:00 AM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Attorney General Eric Schmitt is set to host four senior safety presentations in October. The presentations,... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:43:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - More than 600 people and 11 sponsors gathered in Cosmo Park for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:53:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — David Cover, a co-pastor at The Crossing, addressed the controversy over last week's sermon by fellow co-paster... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:03:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested a man on multiple charges after the shooting of a 13-year-old boy Saturday night. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 1:15:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 44°
9am 47°
10am 49°
11am 51°
12pm 54°