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    The Sahara Desert at the Libyan/ Egyptian border
    The present offering is among the finest large-sized Libyan Desert Glass specimens known. Worthy of the finest natural history museums, it's extremely rare for large specimens to be as translucent, with as much saturation and as few blemishes as the example now offered. Libyan Desert Glass has been revered by early Egyptian civilization and found in Egyptian tombs. Its origin was long considered a mystery, but scientists now agree it is the result of an asteroid slamming into Earth 28.5 million years ago. Meteorite components have been found embedded in Libyan Desert Glass. The extraordinary heat and pressure that resulted from this impact liquefied terrestrial rocks and sand, which was splashed into the upper atmosphere before returning to Earth as solidified glass. This specimen was found in an extremely remote area of the Sahara Desert referred to as the Great Sand Sea, an area so remote and inhospitable that when a scientific team went to explore the locality, a previously missing Egyptian plane was discovered, intact, with the remains of its passengers who had died of thirst. The muted yet lustrous surface appears to have been sandblasted, and that is precisely what occurred over millions of years of natural sandblasting by desert winds. Accented further by elongated ribbing and a hint of scalloping, this natural glass sculpture is a matchless example originating from what would today be a worldwide catastrophic event - a massive asteroid impact. 154 x 151 x 109 mm (6 x 6 x 4¼ inches) and 1998 grams (4.4 pounds).

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2010
    6th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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