Claim: Photographs show the world's largest swimming pool.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2008]
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 115-ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.
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
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.
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
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 26°C, 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."
Origins: The photographs displayed above are, as described, pictures of the world's largest swimming pool: a man-made,
Fernando Fischmann, developer of the "pulse oxidation" technology used in the pool, says that pumping the water back in to the ocean does no harm to wildlife or ecosystems.
The following video clips offer views of the San Alfonso del Mar pool:
Last updated: 19 May 2015
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