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Unique Glass Beach in California

Glass Beach is a unique beach, not because nature made it that way, but because time and the pounding surf have corrected one of man’s mistakes.[1]

In the early 20th century, Fort Bragg residents threw their household garbage over the cliffs above what is now Glass Beach. It is hard to imagine this happening today, but back then people dumped all kinds of refuse straight into the ocean, including old cars, and their household garbage, which of course included lots of glass.

Beginning in 1949, the area around Glass Beach became a public dump, and locals referred to it as “The Dumps.” Sometimes fires were lit to reduce the size of the trash pile, however in 1967, the city leaders closed the area. Over the next several decades the pounding waves cleansed the beach, wearing down the discarded glass into the small, smooth, colored trinkets that cover the beach today. [2]

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Location: Glass Beach, End of West Elm Street at Old Haul Road; Park at end of Elm and walk to beach Fort Bragg, CA 95437

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So, throwing old bottles into ocean may be not a bad idea after all. What do you think?

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  • Ellen Coraline Darbyshire

    Very lovely, but it’s sad to see how many bottles are dumped :(

  • Marisa Pita

    There is another beach like that in Laxe, A Coruña (Spain)
    Praia dos Cristais

  • Owl

    I swear I’ve seen a beach like this in England. When I was really young I remember finding so much glass on the beach, and it was completely smoothed out much like this (though I only remember seeing white glass).

  • Jord

    how is that not unique? this is a prime example of nature and all it’s glory. im no nature freak or anything but this really is amazin. It’s showing you how something ugly can be become beautiful, dont be so narrow minded and this is certainly not contraversial.

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