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World's Largest Pool: No, Not The Ocean

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Although it might as well be. The San Alfonso del Mar is a 1,013 meter, 19-acre pool on the central coast of Chile. It holds 66 million gallons of filtered sea-water and even has a 115-foot deep end (making it even deeper than yesterday's pool). Although I think we can all agree this is actually less of a pool and more of a man-made lake. I have a rule: if you can boat on it, it's not a pool. But that's just me. As you can see, the pool is just a stone's throw from the beach, which begs the question, "Did you not see that massive natural pool right there before you built this thing?" Regardless, it took approximately five years and $2 billion to complete. Maintenance costs are estimated to be about $4 million a year -- and that's just to retrieve floaters!

Hit the jump for several more pictures of the ridiculousness.

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Try making a splash in the world's largest swimming pool...it's 1,000 yards long
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Thanks Alex, Raul and Uncle Eccoli, you're all invited to my pool party this weekend. Just need to find a pool.

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