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Monday, May 26, 2008

World's Largest Swimming Pool

World's largest swimming pool, AMAZING!



If you like doing laps in the swimming pool, you might want to stock up on the energy drinks before diving in to this one.

It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.

Yesterday the Guinness Book of Records named the vast pool beside the sea in Chile as the biggest in the world.

But if you fancy splashing out on one of your own - and you have the space to accommodate it - then beware: This one took five years to build, cost nearly 1billion and the annual maintenance bill will be 2million.




The man-made saltwater lagoon has been attracting huge crowds to the San Alfonso del Mar resort at Algarrobo, on Chile 's southern coast, since it opened last month.

Its turquoise waters are so crystal clear that you can see the bottom even in the deep end.

It dwarfs the world's second biggest pool, the Orthlieb - nicknamed the Big Splash - in Morocco , which is a mere 150 yards long and 100 yards wide. An Olympicsize pool measures some 50 yards by 25 yards.

Chile's monster pool uses a computer- controlled suction and filtration system to keep fresh seawater in permanent circulation, drawing it in from the ocean at one end and pumping it out at the other.

The sun warms the water to 26c, nine degrees warmer than the adjoining sea.

Chilean biochemist Fernando Fischmann, whose Crystal Lagoons Corporation designed the pool, said advanced engineering meant his company could build 'an impressive artificial paradise' even in inhospitable areas.

'As long as we have access to unlimited seawater, we can make it work, and it causes no damage to the ocean.'





All I can say is WOW!



*credits to my sister ELLA for this email

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10 comments:

shimumsy

this is sooo beautiful, clear water.perfect.

JeFf & NoVa

tricia... this is really nice.. it is very huge talaga. as in you can't swim the whole area in just one day.. and i bet that millions of people will surely accommodate into that largest swimming pool,

then, they can choose either of the two if they wish the salty water? or the cold one...

thanks for sharing this.. it addens up my knowledge...

hows ur day here?

Lynne

My sentiments exactly, WOW! I'd love to take a dip in that pool!

Janet

Ditto.... I WOW that! Makes me want to pack my bags today.... Thanks for sharing.

Sonya

Very cool! I'd love to take a dip in that!

Prily

soooo beautiful! i can just say WOW!!!!!

HotMomma

wow! this is one amazing pool! it would be nice to soak in there, isn't it? i mean, hundreds of people can get into it and still have a lot of space to pretend that you have it all to yourself.

Jocelyn

Wow, those are great pics! :)

Sandee (Comedy +)

Wow is right. That is absolutely awesome. Have a great day. :)

lira

it's really WOW! whew! thought it was a beach or something...

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