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

    No one really knows what "Libyan Desert Glass" is; however, there are plenty of theories and conjectures that abound and we do know some things about this mysterious stuff. We know that it formed about 28.5 million years ago. We know that it was used for tools during the Pleistocene period. We know that the Egyptian Desert Survey discovered the material - again! (remember those Pleistocene tools!) on 29 December of 1932 in the Great Erg on the Egyptian/Libyan border. We know that this forbidding place is where an Egyptian airplane landed in one piece, only to have the passengers and crew die of thirst some days later. We know that the plane was not discovered until over three years later - in 1971! We know that the surface, features meteorite like regmaglypts or "scoops" that are the end result of wind-blown dust and grit, carving and polishing the exterior surfaces over millennia, into strangely aesthetic forms. We know that the transparency of this one is very high and the pale yellow color is quite even. We know it is part of the ROA Collection assembled by the Taylor family. We still don't have a definitive idea how the glass formed or how it got here - and neither do the boffins.
    Overall Measurements: 4.9 x 2.3 x 1.5 inches (12.4 x 5.9 x 3.8 cm), weighs 211.2 gm (7.44 oz.)
    Offered at no reserve.
    Provenance: The Rainbow of Africa Collection


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