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Fulgurite

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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

Name in Other Languages:
Norwegian (Bokmål):Fulguritt

Other Information

Health Risks:
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:
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.

Internet Links for Fulgurite

Localities for Fulgurite

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 for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? 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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