The Daily Mail Online looks at the world’s largest pool, an engineering marvel at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile. The stats:
- Swimming a length in 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, in the city of Algarrobo, and is filled with 66 million gallons of crystal clear seawater.
- It uses a computer-controlled suction and filtration system to suck water in from the ocean at one end and pump it out at the other, while the sun warms it to 26C – nine degrees higher than the sea.
- Holds the Guinness record for the world’s deepest pool – so if you don’t feel like diving 115ft to the bottom, it might be best to bring some spare goggles.
- The pool opened in December 2006 after nearly five years of construction work and is said to have set developers back as much as £1billion.