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Giant springs State park . great Falls , Montana,USA .
One of the worlds largest natural springs . The temp is 54 degrees F , year round .

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Giant Springs

Country United States
State Montana
District Cascade County
Major city Great Falls
Length 0.04 mi (0 km)
Discharge at Giant Springs outlet
– average 242 cu ft/s (7 m³/s) 1
Mouth Missouri River
– location Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana
– elevation 3,314 ft (1,010 m) 1

Giant Springs is a large first magnitude spring. The spring outlet is located in Giant Springs State Park, just downstream and northeast of Great Falls, Montana on the east banks of the Missouri River. Discovered by Lewis and Clark during their exploration of the Louisiana Purchase in 1805. Giant Spring has an average discharge of 242 cubic feet (6.9 m3) of water per second or 156 million gallons per day1 (nearly 57 billion gallons per year). The spring has a temperature of 54o F. The water originates from snowmelt in the Little Belt Mountains, 60 miles (97 km) away, and according to radioisotope dating takes almost 2,900 years to travel underground before returning to the surface at the springs. The conduit between the mountains and the spring is the geologic strata found in parts of the Northwest called Madison Limestone. Giant Springs is formed by a opening in a part of the Madison aquifer, a vast aquifer underlying 8 U.S. States. Although some of the underground water from the Little Belt Mountains escapes to form Giant Springs some stays underground and continues on, joining sources from losing streams in the Black Hills, Big Horn Mountains and other areas. The aquifer eventually surfaces in Canada2.

Today, some of the spring water is bottled for human consumption, some of the discharge is used for a trout hatchery, and the spring is the headwaters of the 200-foot (61 m)-long Roe River, the shortest river in the world according to Guinness Book of World Records. The river flows into the Missouri River which is near the spring and borders its state park. Besides the location of a world record holder, Giant Springs is also the most-visited state park in Montana.

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