Sahara Desert, Egypt

    Fulgurites are glassy structures created by lightning striking and melting the earth. In addition to that basic mechanism, the resulting shape of the Fulgurite is dependent upon other factors not fully understood - atmospheric humidity and pressure, the character, layering and dampness of the sand, the strike point's proximity to a water table and aspects of the discharge itself. Found in the "Sand Seas" of the deep Saharan Erg, this specimen is an example of the exotic "flared" variety that makes up less than 5 percent of all Saharan Fulgurites. The "flared" designation comes from irregular projections that are arrayed in roughly linear fashion, parallel to the long axis of the specimen. Although Fulgurites often extend many feet into the ground, they invariably break into shorter pieces as a result of either the pressure of the surrounding sand on the glass while solidifying, the natural contraction of the glass while cooling, the force exerted by shifting sands or by the simple act of unearthing the item. This fine example exhibits broad flanges and dense crenellations over a highly textured and uniform exterior. This unique specimen was recovered in the Sahara by Louis Carrion, one of the world's foremost Fulgurite experts.
    Overall Measurements: 9.25 x 2.36 inches (23.5 x 6 cm) and weighs 3.1 ounces (88 grams)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Ex. Hoppel Collection #D1979, from Schoolers Minerals

    Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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