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Raised formal fountains are similar to raised informal pools, though they contain a fountain feature. Also, unlike informal pools, they typically use geometrical shapes and are symmetrically balanced. Sometimes, they will have multiple levels which can include water on the top and plantings below or water that trickles down into the lower levels.
Raised water features require different construction methods than in-ground features (think brick-and-mortar construction rather than excavations). Raised formal fountains are a little more involved to build and generally require greater skill and experience than in-ground fountains. The material also tends to be costlier. However, raised water features are more dramatic and eye-catching, so the extra effort and expense may be worth it. In-ground fountains, in contrast, are often designed to have a feeling of serenity about them.
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