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A giant crater made by a meteorite impact millions of years ago has been discovered in Egypt's western desert.
According to today's scientific knowledge this in a pale yellow to green shining impact glass emerged from a collision of a meteorite with earth about 28,5 Mio years ago. In the glowing heat sand melted, splashed up in the air and spread over a 4000 square kilometers sized area in West Egypt. Like with sand, the essential constituent is silicium dioxide, a possible hint of iridium is a indicator for the extraterrestrial origin.
Already in palaeolithicum, about 10000 years ago, men discovered this glass. It was used as a substitute for flintstone, one can find artefacts formed as sharp blades and graters.
The old Egyptians found a less pragmatic application for this special stone. Even in those times it was considered to be precious and so it become part of religious objects like Tutenkhamon's amulet, there as a carved scarab.
Nowdays the Libyan Desert Glass is not only attractive for collectors, esoterism attributes energies for a long and prosperous life to the seldom "rock of the god".
Today the way to the find area near the Egyptian-Libyan border leads hundreds of kilometers through arid, desert scaped regions and restricted area.
But now come on! Take a closer look at the stones!
Dr. Petr Zajicek, director TOPGEO GmbH
LDG is the purest natural silica glass ever found. Over a thousand tons of it are strewn across hundreds of kilometers of bleak desert. Some of the chunks weigh 26 kilograms, but most LDG exists in smaller, angular pieces looking like shards left when a giant green bottle was smashed by colossal forces
Libyan Desert Glass was formed when a meteorite impacted this corner of the Sahara a long time ago. The shock and the heat from the impact turned the sand into lumps of glass. The meteorite has never been found, and might still be hiding under the sand, but the dark streaks found in some pieces of glass might be dust from the meteorite.
A thorny-looking little piece, nearly shredded by eons of sand storms. With one large hole right through it. Greenish-yellow.
About 5cm long, 4cm at the widest.