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Boiling Springs

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Boiling Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in South Middleton Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States, and is part of the Harrisburg metropolitan area. The population was 3,225 at the 2010 census, up from 2,769 at the 2000 census.HydrogeologyBoiling Springs is located on the eastern side of South Middleton Township at, on the north side of Yellow Breeches Creek. Pennsylvania Route 174 passes through the town as 1st Street and leads 8mi northeast to Mechanicsburg and west to Shippensburg. Carlisle, the Cumberland County seat, is 6mi to the northwest via Front Street/Forge Road.According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.43km2, of which 6.39km2 is land and 0.03sqkm, or 0.49%, is water.Boiling Springs gets its name from the natural artesian well springs located in and around the town. Boiling Springs ranks seventh in size of springs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. About 22e6USgal of water flows per day from a total of 30 springs dotted across approximately 2acre.The impression of "boiling" does not result from the temperature of the water, which stays at year-round, but rather from a unique hydrogeological feature. Two vertical diabase dikes, made up of highly impermeable igneous basalt parent rock, cut through the limestone bedrock in the area and form a subterranean "V", with Boiling Springs located at the interior tip of the V.
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