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The Amazing Glass Beaches of California

California is full of beautiful palm trees, weather, water, and of course beaches. But there is one beach that isn’t as nice as the other ones, it is called Glass beach.

The Issue

Glass Beach was just an ordinary beach until 1949. It became a dumpsite for California. There were two other beaches that had filled with trash before this one was used.

The trash issue was massive starting back in the 1900s. The Fort Bragg residents had created official water dumping sites all over the shores. They would throw glass, appliances, food, and anything that needed to be discarded.

This was long before they realized it was a horrible idea and it was ruining our environment.

The cities had also resorted to burning piles of trash, but they had still used the ocean shores at the time. 

Glass

The dumpsite was closed in 1967 and most of the trash was cleaned up. Food had either been eaten by animals or had rotted away. But what remained in the sand was the glass. Glass from broken bottles, broken cans, just pure glass trash.

Glass is not easily broken it takes time to become “beach glass.” This process could take anywhere from 20-40 years to be broken down in small particles depending on the size of the glass to start with.

The Beach

The beach has a lot of pebbles, so the broken pieces of glass fit right in. The waves crashing against the huge rocks near the shores help the glass breakdown into smaller pieces. The water has also made these glass pieces smooth over time.

Children are encouraged to come and visit the beach but just have them be careful and mindful that not all the glass has been smoothed out. Also, make sure to wear shoes as walking barefoot on the beach is not advised.

The small fragments of colorful glass mixing with the different colors of pebbles are captivating. As beautiful as it may seem you can not take any sand or glass from the beach. In fact, it is illegal to remove any glass from here.

If everyone that visited the beach took a piece of the beach it would not be as magnificent as it is now and in years to come.

Location

The nearest city to this glass site is Fort Bragg, California. This is towards the upper part of the state of California.

You can park and take a short walk to the beach as there is a wide path that leads down to it. It is easily accessible to everyone.

This is a quick stop on your vacation and something you can check off your bucket list. Not to mention it is seriously like no other beach you’ll find out there.

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