Sample of fulgurite - sand fused by lightning

Sample of fulgurite - sand fused by lightning

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Caption: Fulgurite. A sample of fulgurite, a rock formed from sand fused by lightning. When lightning strikes a sand bed, the electric charge may follow a particular course through the sand rather than being dispersed. The region around the discharge is intensely heated, fusing the sand to form tube-like fulgurite formations underground, which can measure many metres in length. This sample was found on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey.

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Keywords: atmosphere, climate, effect, fulgurite, fused by lightning, fused sand, lightning, metamorphic rock, rock, sand, type

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