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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Resort in Chile Breaks World Record for Largest Pool - San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Chile

Sometimes when I'm swimming it feels like the pool is too long: I will never reach the other end. The new pool at the San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Chile probably gives that feeling to a lot of people as the Guinness Book of World Records has named it the largest pool in the world. How big? One over a kilometer long (3,323 feet), covering 20 acres and containing 250,000 cubic meters of water. That really doesn't mean much to me, but the picture gave it some perspective.

Why build something so big when it's right next to the ocean? The answer is that apparently the ocean water is too cold most of the year and the pool is kept at a refreshing 79 degrees during the summer. As to concerns about maintenance, head of the Crystal Lagoons Corporation Fernando Fischmann told reporters that the pool can "harvest, filter and permanently recirculate ocean water."

The good news for the swimmer that is not up to the daunting 2km swim back and forth he/she can take one of the many boats the hotel offers guests to enjoy the pool.

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(Thank you to Chadd E. for submitting this junk mail)

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