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Glass Beach is a beach adjacent to Mac Kerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California, named from a time when it was abundant with sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town. It is illegal to collect glass at this state park.

Several cleanup programs were undertaken through the years. Over time, glass found on sand strips near bodies of water suffered chemical and physical transformations and eventually became natural frosted glass. Sea glass needs between 30 and 100 years to get its characteristic shape and texture. Shards of broken glass tumble and crash against the surrounding elements – rocks, water, sand – and their edges become rounded and smooth.

The pounding waves helped to accelerate the process. Only later the colored pieces became an exciting collectible from a jewelry perspective. At Glass Beach, most of the gem bits lying on the sand are transparent, white, and green. But watch your feet – there are still thousands of sharp pieces of shattered glass making their journey toward excellence. You’ve got to put on your flip-flops before literally enjoying a walk on glass.

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