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In a city best known for fashionable beaches and world-class surf, bathers at one local watering hole take pride in the exact opposite – the no-fuss atmosphere of a giant, artificial pond.Filled with seawater and covering an area the size of three football fields, the pond, near Rio's international airport, is scoffed at by some locals, especially at posher points along the city's Atlantic shoreline.Among the hundreds gathered one recent Sunday were many parents of young children who said the calm waters, despite abundant litter floating in some corners of the pond, make the piscinao a great kiddie pool, especially compared with the ferocious tides and crashing waves typical of Rio beaches.
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