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Spin_Drift
06-19-2008, 05:19 AM
It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.

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.

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 £1billion and the annual maintenance bill will be £2million.

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 150 yards long and 100 yards wide. An Olympicsize pool measures some 50 yards by 25 yards.

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 26c, 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.'




http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Misc/untitled1.jpg


http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Misc/untitled2.jpg


http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Misc/untitled3.jpg


http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Misc/untitled4.jpg

All I can say is...Wow....:cool::D

Joe (SoCal)
06-19-2008, 06:53 AM
Chad !!!!!!!!!! ;)

cs
06-19-2008, 06:54 AM
I was just wondering if they needed to hire me as a pool boy. We all know how good I am at maintiaining pools.

Chad

Joe (SoCal)
06-19-2008, 07:05 AM
I was just wondering if they needed to hire me as a pool boy. We all know how good I am at maintiaining pools.

Chad

:D :D :D

carioca1232001
06-19-2008, 07:06 AM
Most impressive !

I wonder if they considered using some of the sea-water that is pumped in, to at least enhance the resort´s air-conditioning, if not run it outright.

The sea is a copious source of low-temp. fluid, below a certain depth from the surface.

Woxbox
06-19-2008, 08:05 AM
So how high do the tides run?

TimH
06-19-2008, 10:03 AM
first hurricane will sure make a mess of that

Milo Christensen
06-19-2008, 10:05 AM
I wasn't aware that the central coast of Chile was subject to hurricanes. A new effect of global warming?

Canoez
06-19-2008, 10:17 AM
It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.

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.

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 £1billion and the annual maintenance bill will be £2million.

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 150 yards long and 100 yards wide. An Olympicsize pool measures some 50 yards by 25 yards.

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 26c, 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.'




http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Misc/untitled1.jpg


http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Misc/untitled2.jpg


http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Misc/untitled3.jpg


http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Misc/untitled4.jpg

All I can say is...Wow....

:cool: ROAD TRIP! :cool:

Dutch
06-19-2008, 10:32 AM
Can you imagine how many turds are floating in there?

Milo Christensen
06-19-2008, 10:33 AM
Roadtrip is right. I had no idea that developments like that were going up in Chile. The so called third world is sure catching up and sometimes surpassing the developed nations. What's the cost of living in Chile?

Michael s/v Sannyasin
06-19-2008, 12:11 PM
no bull sharks to worry about

Thermo
06-19-2008, 12:12 PM
I checked into this place. They call it a 'resort' but you can't get a room there unless you buy a condo, or maybe a timeshare in a condo.

Some pictures show a small fleet of sailboats docked in the pool!

TimH
06-19-2008, 02:20 PM
115 ft deep....wow

Bob Cleek
06-19-2008, 03:29 PM
http://www.outsidelands.org/include/resizedimage.php?i=/images/fleishhacker-1925.jpg&w=250

Fleishacker Pool, San Francisco. Once the "world's largest swimming pool." Now filled in and used as a parking lot for the SF Zoo. 1000 feet by 150 feet. I used to teach swimming and lifeguard there when I was a kid. We had rowboats to cut across from one side to the other. Sure beat walking the long way around!

Them's were the days...