Springs and wells on Mt Parnitha

Springs and wells on Mt Parnitha

Text and photos: T. Adamakopoulos

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Parnitha topoguide: Skipiza fountain

Mt Parnitha has a rich hydrographic network. The most significant streams, retaining water flow for most of the year, are the Goura stream (and the subsequent Giannoula stream), the Thodhora stream, the Charadhros stream, the Platanaki stream, the Kampera stream, the Mavrorema stream, the Agios Georgios stream, the Paliomilesi stream and the Agios Merkourios stream. Large but dry ravines are the Chouni ravine, the Agia Triadha ravine (Mikri Chouni) and the broad Dekeleia ravine.

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Parnitha topoguide: Platana fountain

Mt. Parnitha has numerous, mostly small, springs, due to the fact that the permeable limestone cover finds close to the surface an impermeable underlying layer in many points. At the end of the 20th century, more than 70 active springs above 600 m were known to occur. The water of the largest of these springs is collected and supplies the adjacent settlements, some of these springs are abandoned and not active any more, either due to geological changes, or due to blocking of the (usually rudimentary) transfer pipe.

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Parnitha topoguide: The well in Limiko

Photos and descriptions of springs, fountains and wells of Mt Parnitha are included in the application Parnitha topoguide, available for both Android and iOS (iPhone και iPad) devices.
The application guides the hiker to locate the POI.

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Parnitha topoguide: Kamariza fountain