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Ciénega of San Solomon Springs

San Solomon Springs, near Balmorhea, is an oasis in arid West Texas. It's one of the largest spring systems in Texas. The picture above is a marsh fed by the springs. This marshy outcropping of the springs is called a ciénega. The Jumano and Mescalero Apache Indians used the marsh to water their animals and irrigate corn and peach trees. Today it's in Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, and the tremendous flow of the springs (22 to 28 million gallons a day) is used to feed a large swimming pool. It's the second largest and nicest spring fed swimming pool in Texas after Austin's Barton Springs

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  • Uploaded on June 23, 2009
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