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What does lightning do to sand?

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2011-02-28 03:16:07
2011-02-28 03:16:07

It would create glass considering the heat of the lightning and that sand turns to glass when hot enough.

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Sand that has been melted by lightning is called fulgurite.


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The energy of a lightning bolt striking in sand can heat the sand and fuse it into simple glass. The glass forms as tubes called fulgurites (thunderbolt rock) and the material is called lechatelierite.


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At the direct spot of the strike probably charred, but going outwards probably just like normal sand.


Sand can be melted by bringing its temperature to over 4,000 degrees F. With controlled cooling, the molten sand will turn into a glass. Sand can also be glassified by lightning strike, nuclear explosion, or meteor impact.


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