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  • Patty Fulgham Taylor

    a seaglass collector heaven: MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California Gonna go here for sure!

  • Anna Marie Krauss

    During the early 20th century residents of Fort Bragg, California chose to dispose of their waste by hurling it off the cliffs above a beach. No object was too toxic or too large as household appliances, automobiles, and all matter of trash were tossed into the crashing waves below, eventually earning it the name The Dumps. In 1967 the North Coast Water Quality Board closed the area completely and initiated a series of cleanups to slowly reverse decades of pollution and environmental damage. But there was one thing too costly (or perhaps impossible) to tackle: the millions of tiny glass shards churning in the surf. Over time the unrelenting ocean waves have, in a sense, cleansed the beach, turning the sand into a sparkling, multicolored bed of smooth glass stones now known as Glass Beach. The beach is now an unofficial tourist attraction and the California State Park System has gone so far as purchasing the property and incorporating it into surrounding MacKerricher State Park.

  • Allison Klein

    GLASS BEACH is an unusual beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage by the residents near the coastline. Glass Beach is a unique beach, not because it was made by man, but because of the way nature has reclaimed a garbage dump, and how time and the pounding surf have corrected one of man's mistakes.

  • Anna Österlund

    Close-up view of the colored glass beads mixed in the sand at Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, California. In 1949, the site was a unregulated dumping ground, where people threw glass, appliances and even the odd car. Over the course of a decade or two, the sea worked its magic by cleaning the beach and by sculpting the remaining glass into smooth, coloured trinkets which we can see today.

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