Lightning Strikes – Fulgurites

Fulgurites are one of the great oddities of the geological world. They are hollow tubes made of fused beach or dune sand. Fulgurites are formed by lightning strikes hitting the sand, fusing the sand into glass and vaporizing the sand from inside the tube. Just imagine the temperatures and amount of electricity necessary to fuse, or even vaporize, quartz in just a fraction of a second! Fulgurites are usually quite rare from anywhere, and rarely exceed a few inches in length because they are often broken by movement of the sand or in digging them out of the sand (they are, after all, glass!). Many metaphysical people prize fulgurites for their high energy and the ability to direct and channel energy. Either way, they are one of nature’s great mineral oddities