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It turns into a rock called fulgurite (fused quartz).

When sand is struck by lightning, the silica in the sand melts and fuses, forming a glass tube called fulgurite. Fulgurite is generally rare, but can be found all over the world. The fulgurite can be a variety of different colors depending on the mineral content of the sand.

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