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Springs and Creeks in Poly Canyon

"Springs add a melody to the land" - Al Burt


A Rope Swing Over Brizziolari Creek

While in Poly Canyon, one may observe many lush and green areas. These areas include both springs and creeks.

Springs are defined as natural flows of water from the ground or from rocks, representing an outlet for the water that has accumulated in permeable rock strata underground. The natural springs occuring in Poly Canyon feed the major watershed, Brizziolari Creek. In general, a creek is defined as a stream, expecially one that flows into a river.

Springs and creeks are homes to many diverse plant and animal communities. These areas are generally termed "riparian woodlands". The term "riparian" refers to an organism that cannot live without a constant source of water.

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