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[文摘] THE WORLD’S LARGEST SWIMMING POOL

The exotic South American resort of San Alfonso del Mar in Chile draws in crowds from all over world who come just for its incredible artificial swimming pool. The pool is 8 hectares in size and contains an amazing 250,000 cubic meters of water. Acknowledged by Guinness World Records as being the world’s largest swimming pool in the world, the lagoon trumps all other record holders in the category, including the Orthlieb pool in Casablanca, Morocco, itself a huge 150 meters by 100 meters. The San Alfonso pool is 1km in length. It contains crystal clear turquoise water, so clear that you can see the bottom. The enormous man-made pool, set along the coastline, is larger than 20 Olympic-size pools and holds a whopping 66 million gallons of water. It also holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's deepest pool, transparent to a depth of 35 meters. The nearly 20-acre pool sucks water directly in from the sea using a computer-controlled suction and filtration system, while the sun warms it to 26 degrees which is 9 degrees higher than the sea. The pool opened in December 2006 after nearly 5 years of construction work. The pool is said to have set developers back as much as $1.5bn. And on top of that it takes a further $3m a year to keep it in working order.     

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