That was the original idea my friend told me he thought it was, and I thought it was a good possibility as well. The glass slag seems less rare than
lightning turning this into something so clear, but they have found these in desserts. So it is not ruled out!
Thanks for more great suggestions and I will try to get some more information posted asap. For now my friend is missing in action hahaha I'm sure I'll
see him tonight or in the next few days and will try to get him to the University to have this looked at!
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SixX18, remember though that geography plays a role into where certain elements are found - What's the difference between dirt in a woods vs sand on a
beach or in a desert? Silica - Beach sand or desert sand usually contains a lot of silica; the debris you find in dirt contains plant matter, feces,
If it were a fulgurite (lightning glass), then I would expect that there would be impurities; all of the samples that I have collected and have seen
(including that of a down power line one), only vaguely look like clear glass; they mostly take on a dirty, dark exterior.
Second, lightning is dispersed as a fractal - it enters the ground, heats up a "core" of the material, which them solidifies. All of the ones that I
have don't even have anything inside this core - it's crusted on the outside, and smooth glass on the inside; they make interesting windchimes.
If you really want to go down the "it's not man-made" route, then submit a sample to any mineralogical society - At least to me, submitting a sample
makes more sense than asking people that may or may not know what it is. In fact, if your friend is willing, have him send me a penny or dime sized
piece, and I'll take it to my local museum myself, about a half-hour away. Even though I collect rocks and minerals as a hobby; I can still tell
man-made from natural. What I'm seeing is not natural.
PS: As much as I hate sounding like a certain debunker, I'm not trying to aggravate you or derail the thread. Without a sample, and just by the
information you posted, to me it looks like a rose is just a rose in this case. If I've offended you, then I'm sorry.
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