Gallery: Wave Power Transforms a Dumping Ground into a Sparkling Glass ...

 
This Californian beach has been transformed from an ugly trash-filled eyesore, to what is now known as a beautiful luminous Glass Beach, coated with layers of fine sea-smoothed glass. Throughout the earlier part of last century, the local residents in Fort Bragg, California, used the small section of beach as a dumping ground.

A California beach was transformed from an ugly trash-filled eyesore to what is now known as the glittering Glass Beach. Throughout the earlier part of the last century, local residents in Fort Bragg, California, used a small section of the beach as a dumping ground for litter and eventually so much waste had been thrown onto the beach that it began to be known as The Dumps. The area was so clogged with trash and pollution that it was finally closed down by the North Coast Water Quality Board, who began cleaning it up in 1967. However one unsolvable conundrum was how to clean up all the minuscule glass fragments that covered the beach – and here’s where the magic happened. Over the course of the next few decades, the waves hitting the sand did their work and voila – the ocean hosted its very own clean-up party, leaving the beach sparkling and new.

The site is a reminder of the power of the sea, but is still no excuse for all the littering and polluting that preceded it. Nowadays the beach is an unofficial tourist attraction and is owned by the California State Park System who is working on incorporating it into the MacKerricher State Park which surrounds it.

Images courtesy of Digggs

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  1. Shelley Mack July 23, 2014 at 12:32 am

    You can’t pick up the glass on the beach it’s against the law. It’s part of the park. Funny they didn’t put that in the article…

  2. Carla Iacobone July 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Nature’s Wonders❣{{{♥❍♥}}}❣

  3. jctarter August 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Fairy pieces? What a pretty name to call pollution.

  4. MNTree July 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

    @cindy7–I believe there are quite a few artists who make jewelry from polished beach/sea glass. You can just google-search it find out. Also, didn’t Martha Stewart have one of these artists on her program years ago? On the North Shore on Lake Superior this glass is called “Fairy tears,” but there are not a lot of pieces of it, as there are on this beach.

  5. Dr Anto Youssef July 10, 2012 at 5:24 am

    It is awesome what nature can do!

  6. BethDo July 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Is there currently an abundance of sea glass on that beach?

  7. Cindy7 July 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I see lots of potential jewelry made from this glass, why has no one tapped into that?

  8. ahinalu January 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    There’s on on the south side of Kauai. It became such a popular tourist spot that the only color glass is clear and brown. Almost all of the green, blue and such have been taken by souvenir seekers.

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