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Contents:  Fulgurites (Algeria, Australia, West Texas, and California (United States)); Calcite Stalactites & stalagmites (Mexico) & cave calcite crystal formation (China)

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What's a "Fulgurite"?

This large specimen you see above from the Libyan Desert shows what happens when LIGHTNING strikes SAND !!  "Fulgurite" means "lightning" in Latin, folks.  Each flash of lightning releases an average energy of 1 billion Joules.  Air temp may reach 10,000 - 30,000 degrees K., with currents from 10-100KA for microseconds.  It vaporizes sand and rock to make amorphous glass.

Tubular fulgurites may reach over 8 meters, but are fragile.  What an interesting thing to add to your rock & mineral collection!

We make them very affordable, though smaller...most still have a hole where the lightning went through.  Some call it "petrified lightning".

FULGURITES from Yowah, Queensland Australia
Average 1"  $9 each


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Average 1-1/2" to 1-3/4" long x 5/8" wide, with hole$20 each
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Average 2 to 2-3/8" long, with larger hole

$30 each

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FULGURITES from Sahara Desert, Grand Erg Occidental, ALGERIA
Sets of 3 fulgurites average 1 to 1-1/2" long down to 3/8" long (unless specified)
 
$12 each set
 

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Two fulgurites average 1 to 1-1/2" long  $11 each set of 2


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Fulgurite average 1-1/2 to 1-5/8" long  $13 each


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Other Sizes
2-1/2" long  $22 each


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2-5/8" long  $24 each


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3" long  $30 each


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3-1/8" long  $32 each


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FULGURITES from West Texas

A private collector walked the sand hills in West Texas and picked up these fulgurites over the last 15 years.  He found many of them during the 100 year drought in sand blowouts.  Weather has now returned to "normal" and he found fewer and fewer.

Over the last 10 years there were no seasonal ponds in the sand hills, now there are hundreds of ponds where the blow outs used to be.  So this is a limited offering of fulgurites from a little known area.

TWO PHOTOS OF EACH, showing length, and hole

Average 1-5/8" to 1-3/4" long, with hole

$12 each unless otherwise marked

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Average 1-7/8" to 2" long, with hole

$16 each unless otherwise marked

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Average 2-1/8" long, with hole

$20 each

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Average 2-1/4" long, with hole

$24 each

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Average 2-3/8" long, with hole

$26 each

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Average 2-1/2" long, with hole

$30 each

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Average 2-5/8" long, with hole

$32 each unless marked

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Average 2-3/4" long, with hole

$34 each

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Average 3" long, with hole

$38 unless otherwise marked



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Average 3-1/8" long

$40 unless otherwise marked

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Average 3-1/4" long, with hole

$42 each

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Average 3-3/8" long, with hole

$44 each

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Average 3-1/2" long, with hole

$46 each

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Average 3-3/4" long, with hole

$50 each

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Average 3-7/8" long, with hole

$52

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Average 4-1/4" long, with hole

$62 each

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JUMBO, EXTREMELY COLLECTIBLE
Average 6-3/4" long, with hole

$95

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FULGURITE BALLS
 
Found in the California Desert near Twenty Nine Palms CA
 
Average 5/8” diameter
 
$10 ea.
 

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In the movie Sweet Home Alabama, the Deep South Glass is described as being made from fulgurites. Lightning can be artificially triggered by shooting large model rockets into the sky from a launch tower with a fine copper wire attached during optimum lightning conditions.  A single lightning bolt can be harnessed and channeled through a variety of tubes filled with "frit", which is crushed glass.  The results are spectacular, though not made from sand as a true fulgurite.  We hope to have more information on where such glass can be purchased and will post it here if and when we have it.  In the meantime, enjoy Mother Nature's own, right here on our website.

 

CAVE STALACTITES & STALAGMITES

Made of natural CALCITE 

Stalactites grow from the Ceiling of the cave, and show beautifully preserved dripping ends or crystals.

Stalagmites from the Floor of the cave created from the dripping Stalactites above it show a depression similar to the way candle wax melts in the center of a candle). 

From LAS CUEVAS DEL DIABLO, JIMENEZ, CHIHUAHUA, Mexico

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STALAGMITE 

Narrow end complete; 11" long x 2" widest x 7/8" thick

$240

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STALACTITE

Our LARGEST specimen, holy cow! beautiful rippled texture & color; 14-1/8" long x 1-7/8" diameter

$640

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STALAGMITE

Beautiful dark shaft; 8-3/8" long x 3/4" diameter

$160

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STALACTITE

Cream and caramel striping; small end complete; 8-3/4" long x 1-1/8" widest diameter

$200

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STALACTITE

Flat "drapery" and shimmery stalactite; small end complete; 7" long x 1-3/8" widest x 3/4" thick

$200

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STALACTITE

Single shaft forking to two, very unusual, great crystallization; small ends end in crystals; 6" long x 1-1/4" widest

$160

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STALACTITE

Great crystallization & drapery; narrow end complete; 4-5/8" long x 1-1/8" widest x 3/4" thick

$120

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STALACTITE

Smooth shaft; 5" long x 1" widest x 1/2" thick

$120

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STALACTITE

Smooth shaft; 5" long x 5/8" widest diameter

$80

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STALACTITE

Smooth shaft; narrow end complete; 5" long x 5/8" widest diameter

$80SOLD

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STALACTITE

Beautiful crystallization; 3-3/8" long x 3/8" widest diameter

$80

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Superb "Popcorn" crystal formation and translucence; 3-1/4" long x 1" widest x 7/8" thick

$100

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STALACTITE

Great crystallization with cream and caramel striping & drapery; narrow end complete; 8-1/2" long x 3-1/2" widest x 3/4" thick

$265

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STALACTITE

Smooth shaft; 9-3/8" long x 1-1/4" widest diameter

$175

 

 

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 Giant cave calcite crystal formation from China.  Size is 15" high x 24" wide x 4 1/2" thick.  Solid, and an incredible natural work of art, on a hand made wooden base

$2,100 plus actual Fedex ground insured shipping

 

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