FULGURITES!

Okay---so they're not tektites or impact glass, but they ARE one of planet earth's peculiar forms of natural glass. We've added them to our inventory by popular request. It seems some of you tektite freaks are actually natural glass freaks. No problem! We'll take care of you. There is another connection with tektites: one of the early suggestions was that tektites were some sort of fulgurite. Here's your chance to make the comparison,


Fulgurites are lightning-fused sand. Their formation seems to be largely restricted to fairly pure sand, so they are found mostly in desert areas where wind erosion has exposed them. The examples from the Libyan Desert of Egypt below are most typical. The 2.7 and 4.4 gram specimens are half-shells, selected to better display the vitreous, glassy channel in the center of these irregularly tubular features.


However, this year we scored some
spectacular museum-quality specimens. These were recovered from a witnessed lightning strike between Quartzsite and Bouse, Arizona, USA. Careful excavation of the site resulted in the recovery of amazingly detailed and delicate specimens. We bought the very best, and here they are.
With most of our previous stock depleted, we have made a pointed effort to acquire more top-quality fulgurites. Following is an image and tabulation describing 94 new pieces, all individually selected from a field of thousands. Most of these have through-going central tubes. If in doubt, ask. We can provide more detailed images. All of the new stock is from the Sahara and Libyan Deserts.

1

74.1 gms

HUGE flat blade with central tube nearly closed off at one end. 17 cm, $150 Sold

2

35.6 gms

flat, open central tube, 13 cm, $125

3

20.9 gms

squarish, large open tube, $100

4

23.8 gms

squarish, ornate blades, open tube. $115

5

16.0 gms

squarish, big open tube $80

6

17.4 gms

squarish, big open tube $80

7

11.0 gms

squarish, big open tube $50

8

15.7 gms

flat, very ornate, open tube $85

9

10.5 gms

flat, open tube $45

10

11.4 gms

triangular, large open tube, $50

11

24.1 gms

five blades, open tube. Nice $100

12

20.1 gms

crudely cylindrical, 13 cm, constricted on both ends, $90

13

20.3 gms

3-4 rays, ornate side blade, tube flattened. $90

14

9.6 gms

crudely cylindrical, large open tube, $40

15

15.6 gms

crudely cylindrical, curved, ornate, tube mostly collapsed. $50

16

7.2 gms

4 rays, constricted tube, paler and less sand-crusted than most. $30

17

12.6 gms

crudely cylindrical, nice open tube, $55

18

8.8 gms

crudely cylindrical, reminiscent of coral. Tube partly collapsed. $45

19

7.6 gms

crudely cylindrical, mostly slender closed tube, beautifully ornamented. $40Sold

20

12.4 gms

crudely cylindrical, nice open tube. $55

21

10.5 gms

crudely cylindrical, nice open tube. $50

22

5.8 gms

 crudely cylindrical, nice open tube. $25Sold

23

8.4 gms

Glassy, less sand-crusted than most. Tube collapsed. $25

24

3.0 gms

Very nice thin walled tube with scattered little side holes. $50

25

3.5 gms

 Exceptional long slender open tube! 11.5 cm Very nice. Sold

26

5.8 gms

 Like above but beautifully ornamented with side flanges $75Sold

27

7.1 gms

 crudely cylindrical, nice open tube. $28

28

8.0 gms

crudely cylindrical, nice open tube; partly spiraling warty surface. $35

29

4.4 gms

 Nicely ornamented open tube. $20Sold

30

4.4 gms

squarish , nice open tube. $20

31

5.6 gms

 crudely cylindrical, nice open tube. $28

32

3.0 gms

 Slender, open tube. $15Sold

33

6.0 gms

 Slightly serpentine, good open tube. $30

34

5.8 gms

 Nicely ornamented open tube. $25

35

4.3 gms

Exceptionally ornamented open tube. $25Sold

36

3.9 gms

Nicely ornamented open tube. $20

37

4.1 gms

 Large diameter thin walled tube, less sand-crusted than most. $18

38

4.7 gms

Exceptionally ornamented partly fused tube. $25

39

4.1 gms

 flattish, bladed open tube. $15

40

7.0 gms

 Exceptionally ornamented partly fused tube. $25Sold

41

3.8 gms

 Pale irregular tube, little sand. $15

42

8.6 gms

very flat blade, thin open channel $35

43

2.5 gms

 crudely cylindrical, nice open tube. $12

44

7.7 gms

 Exceptionally ornamented mostly fused tube. $25

45

6.9 gms

 Exceptionally ornamented partly fused tube. $25

46

11.6 gms

very flat blade, open central channel $40

47

8.5 gms

 crudely cylindrical, fused tube. $25

48

8.7 gms

very flat blade, open central channel $20

49

6.1 gms

 Exceptionally ornamented partly fused tube. $30

50

4.0 gms

 Exceptionally ornamented partly fused tube. $12

51

2.7 gms

 Nicely ornate fused tube. $10

52

2.3 gms

 Nicely ornamented open tube. $10SOLD

53

1.0 gms

 super slender open tube $7 Sold

54

1.6 gms

 fused. $3 Sold

55

1.9 gms

 super slender open tube $9 Sold

56

1.5 gms

  fused. $3 Sold

57

0.8 gms

super slender open tube $5 Sold

58

1.2 gms

 Nicely ornamented open tube. $6 Sold

59

0.9 gms

 super slender open tube $5 Sold

60

0.8 gms

 super slender open tube $5 Sold

61

1.5 gms

 super slender open tube $7 Sold

62

0.9 gms

 super slender open tube $5 Sold

63

1.8 gms

 super slender ornate open tube $7 Sold

64

1.4 gms

 slender open tube $5 Sold

65

1.0 gms

 super slender open tube $5 Sold

66

1.0 gms

 super slender fused tube $3 Sold

67

0.8 gms

 very super slender open tube $5 Sold

68

0.9 gms

slender open tube $4 Sold

69

0.5 gms

 super slender open tube $4 Sold

70

0.9 gms

 Nicely ornate fused tube. $4 Sold

71

1.8 gms

 Nicely ornate fused tube. $4 Sold

72

1.5 gms

 super slender open tube $4 Sold

73

0.8 gms

 fused tube. $2 Sold

74

1.0 gms

 Nicely ornate fused tube. $4 Sold

75

1.4 gms

 ornate open tube $5 Sold

76

1.5 gms

 super slender open tube $4 Sold

77

0.5 gms

 super slender thin-walled open tube $4 Sold

78

0.4 gms

 Branched!, tubes fused $5 Sold

79

2.0 gms

 Branched!, tubes fused Sold

80

1.8 gms

 Branched!, tubes fused Sold

81

1.1 gms

 Terminal nodule? Sold

82

0.9 gms

 Branched!, tubes partly fused Sold

83

1.1 gms

 fused tube. Sold

84

0.6 gms

 very super slender ornate open (barely) tube Sold

85

0.4 gms

 Nicely ornate fused tube. Sold

86

0.9 gms

 Nicely ornate fused tube. Sold

87

0.8 gms

 Nicely ornate fused tube. Sold

88

1.7 gms

 Nicely ornate fused tube. Sold

89

1.3 gms

 Branched!, tubes fused Sold

90

0.7 gms

 Nicely ornate fused tube. Sold

91

0.7 gms

 Exceptionally ornate fused tube. $7

92

2.1 gms

Exceptionally ornate fused tube. Sold

93

1.2 gms

 Nicely ornate open tube. Sold

94

0.4 gms

 Tiny open tube, little sand Sold


Don't overlook our separate page of totally unusual Exogenic Fulgurites! Click here to open that page.

Below are our original images with a few remaining pieces. Be sure to see the Mojave Desert specimens. We've never seen anything like them!

Sold: as marked on photos.




FollowinThe following specimens are from the Mojave Desert, Arizonae the new Arizona specimens. Enjoy!

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