Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bolts of lightning melt sand and forms glass ⇨ Fulgurites

Glass from a lightning bolt in the sky: FULGURITES

Fulgurites @ home
When lightning strikes sandy ground, the sand is molten to form a hollow tube called a fulgurite. I always wanted to find one, but as you can imagine, chances are very low.

But wait a minute - I can make my own lightning! Well, I don't have a surge generator able to produce voltage and energy suitable for melting sand, but using my 4 MOT power supply I can draw a hot arc...

Image by ficusdesk via Flickr
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