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Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, Senne plateau, Gütersloh, Eastern Westphalia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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A variety of Lechatelierite

Natural silica-rich glass formed by lightning striking and melting sands or bare rock (colour is therefore variable, depending on the chemical composition of these sands and rocks).
Lechatelierites/fulgurites form hollow tubes that are often irregular and branched.

Originally described from Senne plateau, Gütersloh, Eastern Westphalia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Classification of Fulgurite

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Other Names for Fulgurite

Synonyms:
AstrapialithFulgaritePetrified Lightning
Other Languages:
German:Fulgarit
Fulgurit
Spanish:Fulgarita
Fulgurita

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Fulgurite

Reference List:

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Pasek, M.A., Block, K. & Pasek, V. (2012): Fulgurite morphology: a classification scheme and clues to formation. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 164, 477-492.

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  • Localities for Fulgurite

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Australia
     
    • New South Wales
      • Rous Co.
    Steve Sorrell collection
    • Western Australia
      • Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire
        • Pinjin Station
    Austria
     
    • Carinthia
      • Hohe Tauern
        • Glockner group
          • Hochtor area
    Miner.Arch.Salzb., vol.14 (297)
    Belgium
     
    Egypt
     
    • Matruh Governorate
    Rob Lavinsky
    Germany
     
    • Lower Saxony
      • Celle
        • Sprakensehl
    • North Rhine-Westphalia
      • Eastern Westphalia
        • Gütersloh
    Rocks & Min., Jan/Feb. 1980
    Th. Thieme collection
    • Saxony
    India
     
    • Tamil Nadu
      • Periyar District
    Current Science 75 (8): 763 (1998)
    Japan
     
    • Hokkaido
    http://cam.arts.usf.edu/McCollumPDF/16.VoltTrig.pdf.
    Libya
     
    • Al Kufrah District
    Morocco
     
    • Guelmim-Es Semara Region
      • Es Semara Province
    Ben Youssef Malek specimen
    Netherlands
     
    • Gelderland
      • Hattem
    T.G. Nijland, J.C. Zwaan, D. Visser, J. Leloux - De mineralen van Nederland - 2007
      • Veluwe
    • Overijssel
      • Vasse
    T.G. Nijland, J.C. Zwaan, D. Visser, J. Leloux - De mineralen van Nederland - 2007
    Russia
     
    • Northern Region
      • Karelia Republic
    http://camb.demonhosting.co.uk/JConfAbs/6/PCM3.pdf.
    UK
     
    • England
      • Cheshire
    USA
     
    • Arizona
      • La Paz Co.
        • Plomosa Mts
          • Plomosa District
    • California
    Ed Richardson collection
    Jour. Geol., 54, no. 2, 117-122 (1946)
    • Connecticut
      • Hartford Co.
    Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIV (2003)
    • Florida
      • Clay Co.
    Marc V. Hurst, P.G. (2010) Central Florida's Sand Mining District. Guidebook for Field Trip of September 13, 2010. AIPG 47th Annual Meeting & Conference
    Matthew Pasek & Kristin Block (2009) Lightning-induced reduction of phosphorus oxidation state. Nature Geoscience 2:553-556
      • Polk Co.
    Marc V. Hurst, P.G. (2010) Central Florida's Sand Mining District. Guidebook for Field Trip of September 13, 2010. AIPG 47th Annual Meeting & Conference
    Marc V. Hurst, P.G. (2010) Central Florida's Sand Mining District. Guidebook for Field Trip of September 13, 2010. AIPG 47th Annual Meeting & Conference
    Marc V. Hurst, P.G. (2010) Central Florida's Sand Mining District. Guidebook for Field Trip of September 13, 2010. AIPG 47th Annual Meeting & Conference
    • Massachusetts
      • Franklin Co.
    Rocks & Min., Jan/Feb. 1980
      • Worcester Co.
        • Oxford
    Patricia Berry Barker collection, no. 1610.
    • Nebraska
    • New Jersey
      • Middlesex Co.
    AmMin 10:152-155
    • New York
      • Oneida Co.
    • North Carolina
      • Dare Co.
    Rocks & Min: Nov, 1945.
    • Oregon
      • Deschutes Co.
      • Douglas Co.
    California Geology, Nov. 1986.
    • Pennsylvania
      • York Co.
    Pasek, M.A., Block, K. & Pasek, V. (2012): Fulgurite morphology: a classification scheme and clues to formation. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 164, 477-492.
    • South Carolina
      • Lexington Co.
    • Texas
    Mineralogical Research Co. specimens.
    • West Virginia
      • Hampshire Co.
    Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVII (2006) LIGHTNING STRIKE GLASSES AS AN ANALOG FOR IMPACT GLASSES: 57Fe MÖSSBAUER SPECTROSCOPY OF FULGURITES.
    • Wisconsin
      • Juneau Co.
    Am Jour. of Science, 4th ser. vol. 7 no. 43, (July 1899)
    Western Sahara
     
    • Es Semara Province
      • Jdiriya
    A. M. I. Martins collection
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