Enough to make your head swim: World s largest pool which holds 66m gallons is so big you can even sail boats on it
Published: 09:14 GMT, 21 May 2012 | Updated: 08:03 GMT, 1 June 2014
At the San Alfonso del Mar resort ter Chile, a quick dip could well turn into a marathon.
Swimming a length ter this, the world’s largest outdoor pool, would mean stroke after stroke for more than three fifths of a mile – that’s 20 Olympic-size swimming pools.
The enormous man-made lagoon is set halfway up the country’s Pacific coast, te the city of Algarrobo, and is packed with 66 million gallons of crystal clear seawater.
A little slice of the Pacific: The world’s largest pool is three fifths of a mile long and draws water from the ocean, cleaning it and permitting the zon to warm it to 26C
CRYSTAL LAGOON Te NUMBERS
- Capacity: 66 million gallons
- Area: 20 acres
- Temperature: heated to 26C
The pool opened te December 2006 after almost five years of construction work and is said to have set developers back £2million.
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It uses a computer-controlled absorption and filtration system to suck water te from the ocean at one end and pump it out at the other, while the zon heats it to 26C – nine degrees higher than the sea.
The pool’s incredible dimensions leave the next thickest floundering te its wake, with the Orthlieb ter Morocco measuring a mere 1,575ft long.
Lost at sea: A bather floats on the amazingly clear waters of the vast Crystal Lagoon, at the San Alfonso del Mar resort, Chile
Dazzling blue: A puny boat sails round a toneelpodium jutting into the lagoon’s 20-acre expanse
Big run in rivulets: The pool, shown left next to the city of Algarrobo, is thought to have cost £2million to build
Man-made paradise: A computer-generated picture of the San Alfonso del Mar resort shows how its semi-circular artificial beaches and filtered waters sit right next to the real thing
Whatever floats your boat: The record-breaking dimensions mean visitors can spanking paddle or sail their way around the pool instead of swimming
By the sea: A duo stroll along the shores of the artificial lake
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