Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

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Christ of the Abyss in Italy

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Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil

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Panjin Red Beach in China

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Glass Beach, California, U.S.A.

Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Glass Beach, California, U.S.A.

Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town.

In the early 20th century, Fort Bragg residents threw their household garbage over cliffs owned by the Union Lumber Company onto what is now Glass Beach, discarding glass, appliances, and even vehicles.

Locals referred to it as "The Dumps."

Fires were lit to reduce the size of the trash pile.

The California State Water Resources Control Board and city leaders closed the area in 1.967.

Various cleanup programs were undertaken through the years to correct the damage. 

Over the next several decades the pounding waves cleaned the beach, by breaking down everything but glass and pottery and tumbling those into the small, smooth, colored pieces that cover Glass Beach.

In 1.998, the private owner of the property determined that Glass Beach should belong to the public, and began a five year process of working with the California Coastal Conservancy and the California Integrated Waste Management Board for the cleanup and sale of the property to the state. 

Following completion of the clean up, the California Department of Parks and Recreation purchased the 38-acre (15 ha) Glass Beach property, and it was incorporated into MacKerricher State Park in October 2.002.

The beach is now frequently visited by tourists.

Collecting is not permitted on the park's beach, although sea glass can be found on other local beaches outside the park boundary.

A Glass Festival is held annually on Memorial Day weekend.

Thousands of tourists visit Fort Bragg's glass beaches each day in the summer. 

Most collect some glass. 

Because of this and also because of natural factors (wave action is constantly grinding down the glass), the glass is slowly diminishing. 

There is currently a move to replenish the beaches with discarded glass.

Similar beaches are found at Benicia, California and Hanapepe, Hawaii.

Several endangered and protected native plants occur at Glass Beach including hybrid Menzies’ wallflower.