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Glass Beach: Radical Example of Natural Recycling

September 22, 2009
clipped from webecoist.com
Mother Nature tends to try to right the things that we, as humans, mess up

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This is startlingly apparent in Fort Bragg, California, where the forces of
nature have taken what used to be a barren and disgusting trash heap and turned
it into something truly beautiful. Glass Beach, just
north of Mendocino, gained its unique name because of the tons of shimmering sea
glass adorning its sand.

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From 1950 to 1967, the land that is now Glass Beach was owned by a lumber
company, but was used as an unofficial dump by residents.
Though various cleanup efforts took place over the years, the beach would never
again see its natural state. The sand was now overtaken with countless pieces of
sea glass: pieces of broken glass worn smooth and lovely from the constant
friction of waves and sand.

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for the most part Glass Beach is a glittering stretch of sand full of history
and, hopefully, a lesson: beautiful things can grow where desolation and filth
used to thrive.
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