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                     Friday 11 august 2023

            Another Treasure of Aruba’s Beaches: Sea Glass!

            NOORD - It is hard to imag-  For  years,  the  water  beat
            ine  this  happening  today,  against  the  different  kinds
            but  years  ago  people  of  trash  being  dumped.
            dumped all kinds of refuse  Glass,   household    appli-
            straight  into  the  ocean,  ances  and  even  motor
            including  old  cars,  and  parts  were  discarded  on
            their  household  garbage,  the beach. The waves and
            which  of  course  included  weather  conditions  wore
            lots of glass. Over the next  down      the  overwhelming
            30  years  the  pounding  amount of garbage in the
            waves cleaned the beach,  water,  creating  millions  of
            by  breaking  down  every-   beautiful smooth rocks.
            thing  but  glass  and  pot-
            tery.  The  pounding  waves    It’s  hard  to  believe  the
            washed  the  trash  up  and  short-sighted  mistakes  we
            down, back and forth. Tons  were  making  that  could
            of  polished,  broken  glass  have   potentially   ruined
            pieces  were  created  by  these  beautiful  beaches.
            the  pounding  surf.  These  But  thanks  to  natural  pro-
            smoothened, colored glass  cesses,  the  ocean  trans-
            particles then settled along  formed  the  trash  into  the
            the  sea  shore  in  millions,  sea glass.
            and  that  is  why  you  can  Each  colored  gem  on  the
            find  these  beautiful  and  beach has its own story.
            colorful pieces on the north
            shore beaches of Aruba.      The  ruby  red  glass  stones
                                         are  typically  from  old  car
            Especially  on  the  strip  on  tail-lights.
            white sand between the fa-
            mous  Natural  Bridge”  and  Then,  the  sapphire  rocks
            the huge red anchor close  are  the  remnants  of  bro-
            to “Grapefield” beach you  ken  apothecary  bottles.
            will be able to find your own  The  most  common  and
            pieces of sea glass. The sea  the  easiest  to  find  are  the
            glass  that  was  created  is  brown  (Amstel  &  Polar
            the product of a very long  beer),  green  (Heineken
            and  interesting  process.  It  &  Balashi  beer)  and  clear
            can  take  anywhere  from  glass  which  are  the  soft
            10 to 30 years to make sea  much  loved  “soft  drink”
            glass.  The  name  for  any  bottles.
            piece of glass that finds its
            way to the ocean and tum-    If  you  like  to  see  the  sea
            bles  around  in  the  water  glass  for  yourself,  and  be
            long enough is “Sea glass.   in awe of the power of na-
                                         ture,  rent a car or jeep and
            The colorful pieces of glass  go  explore  our  deserted
            are being used for decora-   beaches on the north  side
            tion,  handcrafts  and  jew-  of the island. Make it a fun
            elry!                        family day!
            Once  glass  makes  its  way  Even if we didn’t mean to
            into the ocean, the glass is  pollute  the  Beaches  how
            broken up into shards and is  we did, it is inspiring to see
            tumbled around in the wa-    just how the earth can cor-
            ter, where sand  and  other  rect our mistakes.
            rocks act like sandpaper to  Funny,  how  trash  can
            smooth out its rough edges.  change into treasures!
            Sometimes as the sea glass
            is passed through fire, it be-  Everybody  knows  that  you
            comes fire glass, the rarest  are  not  allowed  to  take
            of  sea  glass  with  certain  local  shells  home,  but  the
            inclusions, just like precious  people  working  at  the  air-
            gems.                        port have no problem you
                                         taking  sea  glass  home.  A
                                         few  of  those  pieces  make
                                         great  souvenirs.    You  can
                                         place them in a wine glass
                                         or large bottle for decora-
                                         tion  and  every  time  you
                                         look at it a smile will light up
                                         your face thinking back of
                                         your  unforgettable  Aruba
       vacation! q
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