PADGETT FALLS


Padgett Falls is a Pickens-County Treasure


Padgett Falls is important to the Ecosystem

LOCATION OF PADGETT FALLS

Padgett Falls is located in Pickens County Georgia.

Padgett Falls is listed on Google Maps. See the following link: Padgett Falls on Google Maps

Google states that the Geological Coordinates of Padgett Falls are 34.4523299, -84.4780043.

INFORMATION ABOUT PADGETT FALLS

Padgett Falls is listed in the World Waterfall Database. See the following link: https://www.worldwaterfalldatabase.com/waterfall/Padgett-Falls-26899.

Padgett Falls is listed at gawaterfalls.com. Information about Padgett Falls can also be found at this website. See the following link: https://www.gawaterfalls.com/padgett-falls.html.

Padgett Falls is listed at uslakes.info. See the following link: https://allatoona.uslakes.info/POI/Waterfalls/Padgett-Falls/43080/

Northgeorgiavacationspots.com states that Padgett Falls is one of the TOP THREE waterfalls in North Georgia. See the following link: https://www.northgeorgiavacationspots.com/top-3-waterfalls-north-georgia.htm

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IMPORTANCE OF WATERFALLS

At microblife.in, this website discusses many of the important things regarding waterfalls. In this website, it states as follows: (quoting)

"Why Are Waterfalls Important?

As they flow into the different rivers waterfalls purify the water. Purification of water helps the different aqua life to live through provision of oxygen. … Waterfalls also help in turning waste that runs in the water into nutrients which help plants to grow.

Why are waterfalls so important to Earth?

They Are Important Because They: They can turn waste into nutrients increase oxygen in the water and more. This then helps to provide better water to wildlife and plants in or around the body of water the waterfall empties into.

What are the advantages of waterfalls?

Waterfalls provide soothing sights and sounds that help you relax and de-stress in today’s busy world. Lower your blood pressure and improve your physical and mental health as you prop your feet up and enjoy the therapeutic effects of Mother Nature.

What do waterfalls do for the environment?

Waterfalls do more for its surrounding environment than break away rock surfaces. The spray from the falling water hits a zoned area around the drop of the fall and the pool at the bottom. This mist carries minerals from the natural water which helps plant life grow the most familiar form being moss.

Why do waterfalls make you happy?

Once the negative ions reach our bloodstream they are said to increase our bodies’ production of serotonin which is the chemical responsible for relieving stress and depression and for boosting our energy and happiness. So it’s not surprising we feel so great when we’re around waterfalls!

Why do we like waterfalls?

A waterfall releases negative ions and when we are near them we soak those ions up as positive energy. Once they enter our blood stream our production of serotonin is increased therefore making us naturally happier. So basically we are happier around waterfalls."

SOURCE: https://www.microblife.in/why-are-waterfalls-important/

At murchisonfallsnationalpark.com, this website discusses many of the important things regarding waterfalls. In this website, it states that benefits of waterfalls are as follows: (quoting)

"Purification of water

As they flow into the different rivers, waterfalls purify the water. Purification of water helps the different aqua life to live through provision of oxygen. So without waterfalls and their purification of water, we would have no fish to eat, and other animals that live in water would die which would affect the Eco system.

Waterfalls also help in turning waste that runs in the water into nutrients which help plants to grow. This is possible because as they pass over the rocks before flowing into the rivers and lakes, it enables bacterial growth which helps in the decomposition of the wastes.

Water that is got from the different waterfalls does not need to be treated because it is very safe to drink even without boiling.

Waterfalls also add oxygen to the water sources where they flow leading to the water and this helps the fish to breathe properly and live.

Due to the moist nature of the surrounding areas which s caused by the water falls, farmers easily cultivate their land and get good yields of crops which are sold in the different parts of the country to earn a living.

Water from the waterfalls can be used for domestic purposes like washing clothes, utensils and other things at home.

They also helping irrigation of the different crops in the country, due to changing weather that affects farmers, the waterfalls provide water which is used in irrigation purposes.

Fishing can also be done on waterfalls providing food to the people in the country.

The Ecological health benefits of waterfalls

Seen and noted by Human observers of the eco system, waterfalls can show how they are important for the eco system through the two factors listed below:

Waterfalls on a river mean a healthy life for the river and this leads to the growth of trees and plants along the River banks and the presence of the trees leads to reduced soil erosion due to stability of the soil by the plants.

Waterfalls also help to keep the eco system alive and this is seen through the abundant life that surrounds the waterfalls from people, plants to animals like lizards, reptiles, wild birds and many others.

Due to dam construction, the forests are deprived of water flow leading to the destruction of forests and damaging the eco system of the country.

Health benefits of waterfalls

Different scientists have come up with importance of waterfalls to the health of humans and all these bring out questions of why we sleep when we are near water bodies or why we feel relaxed when we are near water bodies like waterfalls, rivers, lakes and oceans. Well this has been answered below with a few health benefits of waterfalls. The calmness of the waterfalls is cause due to the release of the negative ions as the water cascades down the rocks leading to fresh cool water.

Waterfalls create calmness especially during day. Most people get tired especially during day and the negative ions from the waterfalls bring in calmness.

They also help in reduction of the free radicals which cause the damage of cells, DNA and proteins in the body through the release of the negative ions.

Waterfalls also help in reducing stress and depression. the negative ions released causes calmness and this somehow alleviates the stress and depression.

The negative ions released by the waterfalls also help in purifying blood and thus people can live a healthy life without having blood that is not clean..

The waterfalls through the negative ions release also improves on the cell metabolism in the body.

Waterfalls also help in enhancing the immunity system of the human body through the release of the negative ions."

SOURCE: https://www.murchisonfallsnationalpark.com/why-water-falls-are-important.html

At world-of-waterfalls.com, this website states that benefits of waterfalls are as follows: (quoting)

"HEALTH BENEFITS

. . . The health benefits include improved mood and mental health, exercise, good respiration, and optimization of limited time on earth.

The improved mood results from the fact that waterfalls tend to have aesthetic qualities to them. When we see something we perceive as beautiful (whether it’s seeing someone attractive, some incredible natural feature [like waterfalls!], or even an elegant solution to a difficult problem, etc.), we tend to be happier.

This is the essence of the point I’m trying to establish here.

Scientifically, there are claims that negative ions that are abundant in waterfalls somehow increase serotonin levels, which ultimately helps our mood.

The mental health aspect comes from the relaxation-tendencies we’d tend to have from the simple act of watching the motion and sound of moving water.

Indeed, many of us are drawn to the sound that waterfalls make. Sometimes, we’re also drawn to the constant motion of the water itself. Regardless of what exactly it is, waterfalls seem to have that relaxing effect, and that’s what matters as far as our mental health is concerned.

The good respiration is a fancy way of saying that natural waterfalls tend to beg in places with clean air. Therefore, your respiration system will love you for it, especially if you breathe clean air by visiting waterfalls.

The optimization of our limited time on earth is something I’ve concluded when you throw all the health benefits together, and you share them with the people you love.

Let’s face it. We’re all going to expire some day, so how do you make the most of your time on earth?

Given the health benefits I talked about earlier, it only seems natural to want to spread the love by sharing the waterfalling experiences with loved ones.

Thus, when you put it all together, we feel that waterfalling is indeed making the most out of our limited time as it’s one of the most worthwhile things you can do in life.

ECOLOGICAL HEALTH

Waterfalls have a way of announcing or indicating the health of an ecosystem.

They accomplish this by showing themselves to human observers in whatever state they happen to be in.

If the stream going over the waterfall is in consistently healthy flow, then it quickly becomes apparent the amount of life that surrounds the immediate area.

Indeed, with nature unimpeded, you could have organisms that manage to adapt over the millions or even billions of years given the set of conditions that Nature had set for them. With enough time, the successful life forms that have adapted well would thrive and make their presence known.

We’ve certainly observed this from the amount of greenery from photosynthesizing algae (some of which might provide food for insects or other smaller life) along the cliffs. We’ve also seen trees and bush that would grow and thrive in the area further adding to the greenery.

And with the lushness would come other wildlife like birds, insects, and some mammals like rodents as well as reptiles like lizards. Of course, we’d feel more rejuvenated just by being in the presence of Nature functioning normally. It’s the way waterfalling should be experienced.

If the stream going over the waterfall was inconsistently flowing (i.e. dry most of the time except for flash floods), then the amount of life around the area would be noticeably quiet. The scenery would be more brown (often times the banks would be eroded from flash flooding), and the place would just feel more lifeless and dysfunctional.

The latter scenario more often than not would be the result of man-made activities. Whether it’s a dam robbing the stream of its normal flow, or Global Warming disrupting the rainfall distribution that once struck a balance for millenia, or pollution killing off life as the water that once sustained life would now take it given the pollutants, it’s pretty clear that waterfalls going through such extremes would definitely not be in a good state. As a result, it would indicate clear signs of a lifeless, dysfunctional ecosystem.

A healthy river system (which once again I have to reiterate that waterfalls can indicate this) tends to have lots of plant and tree life tapping into the freshwater resources on its banks. And this, in turn, has the consequence of reduced erosion as the plant life would tend to stabilize the soil.

When wildfires would occur, the lack of tree and plant cover would certainly mean further stream erosion (sometimes manifested as mudflows or landslides).

We’ve also seen what happens when this natural streamflow is disturbed by man (especially on Maui’s windward side).

For example, the diversion ditches through Hawaii’s freshwater systems deprived forests of water. As a result, only flash floods racing through the drainages would be the only time enough appreciable water would flow on the windward sides of the medium- and smaller-sized creeks.

Indeed, waterfalls that were once more abundant and reliable are now relegated to ephemeral waterfalls that barely last a day or two. In other words, along the famed Hana Highway, you could see hundreds of waterfalls during rain, or you could only see a bunch of bare walls barely a day or two after rain.

Around the world, there are plenty of other examples of dysfunctioning ecosystems due to human interference of river systems (announced by unhealthy or non-existent waterfalls). And that list seems to be growing day by day (e.g. Three Gorges Dam, the Colorado River Dams, Kárahnjúkar Dam, Itaipu Dam, etc. etc.)."

SOURCE: https://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/why-are-waterfalls-important/

There is also the discussion about the importance of waterfalls at the following website: https://momskoop.com/why-waterfalls-are-important/