“Glass Beach” is on the Mendocino Coast in Fort Bragg, California, 120 miles north of San Francisco. Believed to have the highest concentration of sea glass in the world. Glass Beach is one of the most unique beaches in the world, not only because nature’s beauty, but because time and the pounding surf have corrected one of man’s mistakes. Some believe that sea glass is “Mermaid Tears”. It’s rumored that every time a sailor is lost at sea, the Mermaids cry, and the sea glass is their tears washing up on shore.It is the weathering, tumbling, and aging in sand and saltwater that gives real sea glass, its unique “frosted” appearance, and “soft” texture. A process called “hydration” is responsible for the pitting. As the glass soaks in the sea water, the lime and soda used in making the glass leaches out and leaves little pits on the surface. Sometimes the soda and lime also mix with other minerals, forming sparkling crystals on the surface of the glass. Hydration, or pitting, does not occur in fresh water because the PH of the fresh water is wrong. Technically, fresh water glass is called “beach glass”, while salt water glass is called “sea glass”.
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