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 (fo͝ol′gyə-rīt′, -gə-, fŭl′-)
A slender, usually tubular body of glassy rock produced by lightning striking and then fusing dry sandy soil.

[Latin fulgur, lightning; see fulgurate + -ite.]


(Minerals) a tube of glassy mineral matter found in sand and rock, formed by the action of lightning
[C19: from Latin fulgur lightning]
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Beudant [11] succeeded in making tubes, in most respects similar to these fulgurites, by passing very strong shocks of galvanism through finely-powdered glass: when salt was added, so as to increase its fusibility, the tubes were larger in every dimension, They failed both with powdered felspar and quartz.
sand); in formed tubes glass hollow are fulgurites (Lightning L'oeuf); from (tennis 4.
It has been suggested to me that the 'diamond' may be a reference to the geological phenomenon of fulgurites, known in Bislama as tut blotig tancla (Kirk Huffman, pers.
From this discharge of atmospheric electricity, a leader of a bolt of lightning can travel at speeds of 220,000 km/h (140,000 mph), and can reach temperatures approaching 30,000 [degrees]C (54,000 [degrees]F), hot enough to fuse silica sand into glass channels known as fulgurites which are normally hollow and can extend some distance into the ground.
Even before people learned how to make glass, they had discovered two forms of natural glass: fulgurites and obsidian.
Matthew Pasek and Kristin Block of the University of Arizona, Tucson, used an MRI scanner on 10 fulgurites and found that five contained phosphite.
2] levels that are 2,500 times higher in 5,000-year-old fulgurites than in modern samples, scientists have speculated that the extra C[O.
Then it hardens into lumps of glass called fulgurites.
Fulgurites, 2003, another work by Steve Roden, modeled in miniature this aspect of the exhibition.
Ernest Harms exhibited an exciting working model showing how lightning strikes sand and fuses it to create fulgurites.
60] has since been reported in meteorites, in soot at the K/T boundary, in carbonaceous tuff from Sudbury's Onaping Formation impact breccia, in fulgurites, and in sediments at the Permian/Triassic boundary.
An hour earlier, while running for the car, it had occurred to me the at the scrub might be the perfect place to hunt for fulgurites, those little tubes of fused sand formed by lightning when it hits the ground.