World’s Largest Swimming Pool

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The swimming pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile holds the record of being the largest in the world. At 1,012 meters (3,324 ft) in length and a total area of 8 hectares (19.77 acres), it is larger than 20 Olympic-size pools and six-times bigger than its closest competitor, the Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca, Morocco. It also holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's deepest swimming pool in the world with the deeper end at 115 feet.

The pool opened in December 2006 after nearly five years of construction work and is said to have set developers back as much as £1billion. It takes a further £2million a year to keep it in working order.

The enormous man-made pool sucks water directly in from the sea using a computer-controlled suction and filtration system. Water is pumped from the ocean into the pool where the sun warms it to 26C - nine degrees higher than the sea. The pool holds 250 million liters (66 million gallons) of water and is navigable in small boats. Its turquoise waters are so crystal clear that you can see the bottom even in the deep end.

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San Alfonso del Mar is a private resort located in Algarrobo, Chile, about 100 km west of the capital Santiago and it’s a popular spot for tourists.

[via The DailyMail]

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7 comments:

  1. really amazing planet... that is cool!

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  2. This is absolutely mind boggling! Amazing! Would so love to experience this pool one day, just incredible. That being said, it certainly seems like a giant waste of resources with the ocean right beside it. Imagine instead taking those billions of dollars needed to make it, giving it to hungry nations? And the millions it takes to maintain, giving that money to these nations to sustain their crops, etc?!

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    1. non sense... new business means new jobs... and THIS is, yes, solution for hunger. not giving food directly. Give jobs. This entreprise raises high taxes and NEW money from tourists, that are probably very well spent on help for needing people.. and with the advantage that it never ends.

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    2. Yea! I could hardly make it in 8 feet though so if I can't survive there I can't survive at a 115 feet deep. Seeing the bottom would be even better.(sarcasm)

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  3. WHAT YOU SAID MAKES NO SENSE... SUCH places raises hundreds of thousands of dollars ever year, on taxes... besides the JOBS taken to build it and to maintain it. Those building behind, and the tourists that come to that place, raises much more money -and for much more time- than simply give food to people. The solution for hunger is NOT sharing the goods that exist, they are not enough.. the solution is RAISING MORE BUSINESS AND GIVING JOBS to people, so they will not need TIPS but instead, they will raise their own money with their own hands and heads. So it is very beautifull to want to give fish for peopel, but I think it's much better if you teach them how to fish.

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