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    Libyan Desert Glass
    Libyan Desert Glass Area
    Great Sand Sea, Western Desert
    Egypt

    The impact glass known as "Libyan Desert Glass" was the result of an ancient meteorite impact which essentially melted desert sand into natural glass. The intense heat and pressure of the extraterrestrial event caused an "impactite" to form. This phenomenon is well represented in this 660 gram example. The piece has two distinct sides. The front exhibits a highly textural, slightly concave, surface with the range of colors going from light to dark yellowish-green over the glassy, opaque fa├žade. The reverse is comparatively rough with a much less intricate texture and light brown "sediment" filling the crevices. This is a nice, larger specimen with a dramatic display surface. This is a spectacular export from ancient Egypt. Overall Measurements: 6.30 x 4.33 x 1.69 inches (16.00 x 11.00 x 4.29 cm), weighs 660 gm (23.28 oz.)

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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