Reddit user beet111 has shared some extraordinary images with us, under the simple heading Glass Beach, California. They show a myriad of colorful pieces of glass, rounded as sea pebbles. The Redditor had offered no explanation for what we were looking at, so I did some digging around.
Well, it turns out that Glass Beach is located in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California. The reason it is abundant with these incredible glass pieces is that in the early 20th century, Fort Bragg residents dumped their household garbage on the beach.
Glass, appliances and even vehicles would end up in “The Dumps”, as locals referred to the beach. Fires were then lit to reduce the size of the trash pile. Finally, in 1967 the California State Water Resources Control Board put an end to this when they closed the area and initiated various cleanup programs in the years that followed.
Then the ocean took over and over the next several decades the relentless power of the waves cleaned up the beach and broke down everything but glass and pottery in the process. The glass was gradually transformed into the small, smooth, colored pieces that now cover Glass Beach. Amazing! (Scroll down for the video.)
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