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Russians Throw Away Empty Vodka And Beer Bottles, Ocean Turns Them Into Colorful Glass “Pebbles”
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Russians Throw Away Empty Vodka And Beer Bottles, Ocean Turns Them Into Colorful Glass “Pebbles”

Ussuri Bay in Russia was once a Soviet-era dumping ground for old glass bottles and porcelain, but thanks to the awesome power of mother nature, the bay near Vladivostok, now boasts one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see. Because over the period of many years, the waves of the North Pacific have washed the broken beer, wine, and vodka bottles into millions of smooth and colorful “pebbles” that have turned the area from a no-go zone to a tourist attraction that visitors pay to see.

While Ussuri Bay was once considered dangerous, authorities have now deemed it a specially protected area called glass beach that is a popular place to see with both tourists and locals. And looking at these stunning pictures, we’re really not surprised. Like this sea glass beach? Then click here for another beautiful sea glass beach, this time in California. (h/t)

Image credits: Anna Pozharskaya

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Image credits: Anna Pozharskaya

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reclameshit2015 2016
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5 years ago

That is awesome. We should dump more glass into the ocean. :D

Daria B
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5 years ago

Ahahah. Nice one.

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Yvonne Bernal
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5 years ago

We have a glass beach in Northern California. It occurred after years of dumping glass and trash into the ocean about 100 years ago. Of course they stopped the dumping back in the 40's, and the ocean's pounding waves broke down the glass. Eventually it tumbled those pieces into the small, smooth, colored pieces that often become jewelry quality and that cover Glass Beach

DancingToMyself
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5 years ago

Been there! I'm from Europe, so this was very playful place for me and my youngsters. :)

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Quant
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5 years ago

Give it long enough and it will be sand again (quartz). Smart people buy everything in glass, not plastic.

Dominique Cottrell
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5 years ago

It'll be sand, sure, but it won't be quartz- sand is simply defined as small, somewhat coarse grains of rocks or minerals that have been worn down by a natural process. Quartz, on the other hand, has a lower magnesia content than most commercial bottle glass.

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reclameshit2015 2016
Community Member
5 years ago

That is awesome. We should dump more glass into the ocean. :D

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

Ahahah. Nice one.

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago

We have a glass beach in Northern California. It occurred after years of dumping glass and trash into the ocean about 100 years ago. Of course they stopped the dumping back in the 40's, and the ocean's pounding waves broke down the glass. Eventually it tumbled those pieces into the small, smooth, colored pieces that often become jewelry quality and that cover Glass Beach

DancingToMyself
Community Member
5 years ago

Been there! I'm from Europe, so this was very playful place for me and my youngsters. :)

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Quant
Community Member
5 years ago

Give it long enough and it will be sand again (quartz). Smart people buy everything in glass, not plastic.

Dominique Cottrell
Community Member
5 years ago

It'll be sand, sure, but it won't be quartz- sand is simply defined as small, somewhat coarse grains of rocks or minerals that have been worn down by a natural process. Quartz, on the other hand, has a lower magnesia content than most commercial bottle glass.

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