Fulgurite

Ful'gu·rite noun [ Latin fulguritus , past participle of fulgurire to strike with lightning, from fulgur lightning: confer French fulgurite .] A vitrified sand tube produced by the striking of lightning on sand; a lightning tube; also, the portion of rock surface fused by a ...
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Fulgurite

• (n.) A vitrified sand tube produced by the striking of lightning on sand; a lightning tube; also, the portion of rock surface fused by a lightning discharge.
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fulgurite

a glassy silica mineral (lechatelierite or amorphous SiO2) fused in the heat from a lightning strike. Fulgurite is a common mineral with two ... [1 related articles]
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fulgurite

fulgurite, fulgurites 1. In geology, a glassy, tubular rock structure or crust that is formed when lightning strikes dry sand or unconsolidated sandy soil and causes it to fuse. 2. A vitrified sand tube produced by the striking of lightning on sand; a lightning tube; also, the portion of rock surface fused by a lightning discharge. 3. Etymology: ...
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Fulgurite

Fulgurite is a term applied to rocks whose surface has been melted by the action of lightning, and on which the fused material has re-solidified as a kind of thin coat or varnish. More strictly, the term is applied to a vitrified tube of sand formed by the intense heat of lightning penetrating the sand, and fusing a portion of the materials through...
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Fulgurite

Fulgurites (from the Latin fulgur, meaning `thunderbolt`) are a variety of the mineraloid lechatelierite. They are natural hollow glass tubes often formed during lightning strikes, in quartzose sand, silica, or soil. Sometimes they are referred to as petrified lightning. Fulgurites may be instances of Lichtenberg figures, which are branching pat.....
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