Glass Essay by The Research Group

History of different types of glass and how they are made.
# 24847 | 2,475 words | 10 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 09, 2003 in Environmental Studies (Recycling) , Engineering (Construction)

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History of different types of glass and how they are made. Early glass production in Egypt, Babylon, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and China. Changes in techniques and technology. Problems of Americans throwing away glass bottles and jars that are 100% recyclable. Method of recycling glass. Economic advantage of recycled glass production.

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Glass has been around since the beginning of time (Glass Online, 2001). Glass is made naturally when rocks melt as a result of high temperatures such as in volcanic eruptions, and also comes from extraterrestrial sources. Man-made glass was produced dating back to around 3500 BC in Egypt and Mesopotamia. The basic components of sand were originally contained in glazes used on pottery and it is thought that sand may have got into the kilns used for firing and combined with soda to form a colored glaze. The oldest glass vessels date back to the 16th century BC and were found in Mesopotamia. Hollow glass-making evolved around this time in Egypt and glass making was also emerging independently at this time in Mycenae (Greece), China and North Tyrol."

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