What is Glass Beach?

The name says it all. Welcome to a California beach where, instead of sand, you'll find millions of tiny pieces of glass.

Glass Beach is a group of three small and narrow beaches in MacKerricher State Park, near Fort Bragg, California, that are covered by millions of colorful pieces of sea glass of all sizes and shapes.

But why is there glass on Glass Beach? All three beaches are abundant in sea glass due to years of dumping garbage into a near coastline areas.

Read more ...

Vasco da Gama's astrolabe is the oldest known navigation tool

Researchers from the University of Warwick state that the astrolabe found in 2014 in the Indian Ocean is the oldest known marine navigation tool.

The astrolabe is an ancient tool used by navigators and astronomers to identify planets and stars, to determine the local latitudes, and to make geographical triangulations.

The relique was excavated by Blue Water Recoveries. Initially, the team was not able to spot any navigational markings on it, so the object was sent to a laboratory in Warwick.

Read more ...

How to treat a stingray sting

Have you ever been getting stung by a stingray? Act quickly and effectively to reduce the pain and extract the venom from the wounded area. Learn the first aid basics for stingray stings.

The stingray is a cartilaginous fish, and it is part of the shark's family tree. These animals use their ten-inch barbed stingers to inject venom into their victims.

There are around 220 different species of stingrays. The majority lives in saltwater habitats, but there are also a few species swimming in freshwater rivers and lakes.

Read more ...