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Creek Bed—Smoky Mountains

Natural springs occur throughout the Smoky Mountains where the water table is close to the surface. The multitude of cool natural springs is the result of significant annual precipitation averaging fifty (50) inches at lower elevations and up to eighty-three (83) inches at the highest elevation. As warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean cools when it rises over the mountains, it loses its ability to retain moisture. As a result, the higher elevations receive the largest amount of precipitation.

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