the largest swimming pool

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 metres long, covers 20 acres, has a 30 metre deep end and holds over 200 million litres of water and the Guinness Book of Records named the vast pool beside the sea in Chile as the biggest in the world.

The giant pool took five years to build, cost nearly $1 billion and the annual maintenance bill will be over $2 million. 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 in 2006 December. 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 metres long and 100 metres wide. An Olympic size pool measures some 50 metres by 25 metres. 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. via

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