Apr 13, 2009

Glass Beaches.

Glass Beaches.

If you are planning to visit a beach on your vacation, we are sure these 'Glass Beaches' are going to get your attention. These are some of the most unique beaches in the world, not because nature created it that way, but because time and the waves have corrected one of the man's mistakes and Mother Nature has reclaimed these beaches. And even if you aren't planning for a vacation, still these aren't the ones that should be missed!

Kauai's Glass Beach: Kauai's Glass Beach is one of the most unique beaches in all of Hawaii. The entire far side of the beach is filled with smooth, polished pieces of glass.

Kauai's Glass Beach (4) 4(Image credit: graygoosie).
Kauai's Glass Beach (4) 1Kauai's Glass Beach (4) 3Kauai's Glass Beach (4) 2(Image credit: lornette).

California's Glass Beach: Early in the 20th century, Fort Bragg residents threw their household articles (which of course included lots of glass), appliances, and even old cars straight into the ocean. Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California was created from years of such practices into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town. The land was owned at that time by the Union Lumber Company. By the early sixties, attempts were made to control it and finally in 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Board realized what has gone wrong and various cleanup programs were undertaken. Over a period of time Mother Nature has reclaimed these beaches; waves cleansed the beaches, reducing the discarded glass into beautiful, soft textured, smooth, colored trinkets that sparkles in the sun on the beaches today. In 2003, the California State Parks department acquired the 38-acre site, making it part of MacKerricher State Park.

California's Glass Beach (5) 1(Image credit: jimheid).
California's Glass Beach (5) 2(Image credit: meganpru).
California's Glass Beach (5) 3(Image credit: matthigh).
California's Glass Beach (5) 4(Image credit: wiki).
Benicia's Glass BeachBenicia's Glass Beach.

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