Glass Beach

Glass is largely made up of the same stuff that sand is made of, which seems quite fitting when you hear the story of Glass Beach.

Located just outside Fort Bragg, California, it’s one of the most unique beaches in the world. Back in 1949, the area was a public dump and no one had a problem with that. In those days, the residents there had no refuse collection so they would quite happily throw their rubbish over the edge of the cliffs above the local beach, earning it the nickname The Dumps.

This went on until 1967 when the North Coast Water Quality Board put a stop to the practice, closing the area off completely and initiating a series of cleanups to slowly reverse decades of pollution and environmental damage.

Over the course of the last forty years, natural forces have done their thing and years of crashing waves have relentlessly smashed and smoothed the tons of pieces of glass that remained at the old dumping ground. And the result is spectacular- a beach without pebbles or sand, instead a colourful carpet of polished glass gleaming in the sun.

Glass Beach
photo by Matthew High
Glass Beach
photo by digggs
Glass Beach
photo by digggs
Glass Beach
photo by Lee Rentz
Glass Beach
photo by Lee Rentz

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