爱思英语编者按:智利 Algarrobo 的度假胜地 San Alfonso del Mar 有一个世界最大的泳池(已载入吉尼斯)“水晶盐湖(Crystal Lagoons)”,它用特有的专利技术直接从沿岸的太平洋取海水来给这个巨无霸澡盆供水——否则用淡水的话,这么大的面积每天蒸发掉的地球币都很可观了。

Have you ever thought your backyard or public swimming pool was just too darned small? Maybe it’d be nice to have something a little bigger? How does half a mile long pool sound? What about a deep end that’s 135 feet? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

The San Alfonso del Mar is a private resort in Algarrobo, Chile that boasts the world’s largest swimming pool. Not a bad attraction tourist attraction. The pool is 0.6 miles long covering 20 acres in total. At any given time it contains around 66,000,000 gallons of filtered seawater from the Pacific Ocean.

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The pool opened in December 2006.

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It currently holds the Guinness World Record for largest pool in the world by area.

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The pool cost an estimated $1.5 to $2 billion to build.
The water filtration system alone cost about $3.5 million.

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Google maps aerial view of the pool.

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Annual maintenance for the pool costs about $4 million.
If you get sick of the pool (not likely) you can go to the beach.
Have you ever wanted to go sailing in a pool? Now you can.

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The pool water is about 16°F warmer than the ocean.