The Glass Beach in California

September 11, 2013 No Comments »
The Glass Beach in California

We always find ourselves fascinated by the pristine waters and white sand beaches. People are willing to travel the world in their attempts to find the few untouched beaches that are left today. But there is one beach that is the opposite of all of this, but still attracts millions of visitors every year.

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The Glass Beach attracts millions of visitors each year. Photo credit: Jeff Poskanze

The beach near Fort Bragg, California was used as illegal dumpster during the mid nineteens. People used to throw their garbage from the edge of the cliffs as it seemed as more pleasant exercise than the usual taking out of the garbage.

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The million shining pieces that can be found in every colour. Photo credit: Jeff Poskanzer

During the 1960s the city leaders forced the closure of the beach as an illegal dump. Cleanups followed to remove the largest pieces of garbage, but nature was the one that did most of the work. As years passed, the waves and the weather had smashed, pounded and ground the glass leftovers in to smooth, small, rounded objects.

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The waves and the weather had smashed, pounded and ground the glass leftovers in to smooth, small, rounded objects. Photo credit: Jeff Poskanze

And it wasn’t long before the Glass Beach was born. The beach is protected area nowadays, part of the California State Park system. The beach attracts millions of visitors each year, many of whom scour it in the search for the most attractive piece of glass. The million shining pieces that can be found in every colour are protected with law and it is illegal to remove it and take it home.

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The beach is protected area nowadays, part of the California State Park system.

The Glass Beach stands to show us how the nature can correct our mistakes, turning it to one of the modern wonders of our world.

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