Strange and anomalous, glass found throughout Egypt's western Sahara and also into Libya as well, has baffled scientists for quite some time. These
mysterious specimens have been an enigma just waiting to be unraveled. Possibly until now...
The Sahara Desert Glass
On a chilly December day in good old America of yesteryear, way back in 1932. Good folk were preparing for their traditional Christmas events with
turkey and stuffing. On the other side of the world though, a man by the name of Patrick Clayton
was exploring the wind blown dunes of the Saad Plateau south of the Great Sand Sea and happened upon a very strange sight. Some yellow-green tinged
glass specimens were spotted as they distinctly stood out to the surrounding desert geography.
Clayton took samples as he was part of the Egyptian Geological Survey. He and an adventurous group of pioneers were exploring their way through the
Sahara Desert in search of treasures and discovery. Clayton returned over the next couple years, collecting more samples until 1934 when he marked his
last visit by leaving a whiskey bottle with a note inside.
As of today, these still can be found all over parts of the northern Sahara Desert.
The Ancient Egyptians found these glass objects as well, using them as decoration. They are uniquely beautiful in their appearance and definitely
catch the eye. One can even be found in a pendant worn by King Tutankhamun.
Something happened in our ancient past that created enough energy and heat to create these naturally occurring glass anomalies. Some theories have
been ancient forest fires or possible lightning strikes.
Scientists today think they have a good notion of what created these anomalies although be it is still a theory. They now strongly feel the glass was
a product of a meteor exploding into an aerial burst right before impact to the Earth. Causing the surface temperature to reach 1,800 degrees
Celsius/3,272 degrees Fahrenheit. So violently hot, that the sand was turned to this yellow-green glass.
It is estimated to have occurred some 30 million years ago.
The image below is of the possible impact crater from the remaining debris left from the aerial explosion.
We have seen evidence of this phenomenon happening elsewhere, for example the Tunguska event.
At 7:17 AM on the morning of June 30, 1908, a mysterious explosion occurred in the skies over Siberia. It
was caused by the impact and breakup of a large meteorite, at an altitude roughly six kilometers in the atmosphere. Realistic pictures of the event
are unavailable. However, Russian scientists collected eyewitness accounts of the event. I believe that we now know enough about large impacts to
"decode" the subjective descriptions of the witnesses and create realistic views of this historic asteroid impact as seen from different
Also in 1997 we recorded evidence of an asteroid named Matilda and found out it was made of lighter material, they have nicknamed theses asteroids
"rubble piles"- a loose assembly of rock held together by gravity. This has now led astronomers to believe the rubble piles have a high likelihood of
creating an aerial explosion impact over the traditional thought impact upon Earth. With the mounting evidence and a large number of asteroids now
believed to be rubble piles, there has been a shift in opinion where now it is accepted that most are rubble piles and extremely weak.
Through work done with simulations, scientists believe the blast that created these glass objects were 10,000 times more powerful than the atomic test
done at the Trinity site. See 40:14 in the final video below for reference to the simulation experiment.
This is a brilliant documentary about the modern investigation into this phenomenon.
Horizon follows a team of scientists set out to solve the mystery of chunks of ancient glass scattered in
a remote part of the Sahara Desert. Their quest takes them on a perilous journey into the Great Sand Sea, the wastes of Siberia and the test site of
the world's first atomic bomb in New Mexico. What their search uncovers is a devastating new natural phenomenon.
I find this story amazing and urge you to investigate this on your own, there is some very cool information out there. I truly hope I get to travel to
Egypt one day and be in awe of it's amazing places.
In conclusion, this makes me more curious about asteroids and the possible cause of an extinction of theoretical lost proto civilizations now (I know
not everyone is in to that sort of thing and that is perfectly fine ) maybe not at this area in the world but an event such as this may have
occurred numerous if not countless times over the Earth's history.
It really goes to show the extreme awesomeness of our Universe. The theory to me is very plausible, also the desert has moved and been covered over
the centuries so who knows what other evidence is buried beneath the sands. The Sahara itself began roughly 7,000 years ago so quite a bit has
happened over approximately 30 million years since this theorized event. Thank you for reading and please feel free to leave any comments or
questions. I am in no way an expert on any of this, I just find it extremely interesting and I love trying to create unique and thought provoking
The glass is obviously caused from ancient nuclear explosions. It's clear that the absence of an impact crater proves that the meteor theory is
completely baseless, that and the fact that a large part of Russia wasn't totally destroyed. It's just science.
In nature the sand just needs high temperatures, enough to make it melt. That is why these glass objects are so different. The heat to make them is
estimated to be around 1,800 degrees Celsius/3,272 Fahrenheit. That is hot!!
Because in the simulation, an object roughly about 21 kilometers/13 miles in size produced temperatures around the surface of the sun. That shows at
1,800 C the meteorite that exploded in Egypt was much smaller than 21 kilometers.
These look like Tektites or some other sort of high heat impact glass. Would be interesting if there was a meteorite crash some millions or thousands
of years ago in The Sahara. The inner conspiracy theorist in me would also find it interesting if there was some sort of nuclear explosion as well.
Also just because it keeps bugging me, Note: It's just "The Sahara" not "The Sahara Desert". Sahara is Arabic for desert (great desert more
specifically)... so You would be saying "The desert desert". Just wanted to point out that tautology there.
I think there's a lot about our history we don't know or understand. Came across a few sites were objects, some that even appear to be
technological, have been found in coal deposits purportedly to be anywhere from 100,000 years old to over 30million years old. Maybe we are in some
greater entities sand box and from time to time they want to start over and scramble everything up.
A very entertaining thread, thank you. I got VERY into meteors a few years ago, and wrote (a long and rambling) thread about it, it is an absolutely
fascinating body of research. I think though that recent satellite imaging of the Sahara and surrounding areas has pretty much found that there was a
great deal of occupation there at one point, but only at the level that we would expect...but ya never should say never
This is one of my favourite impact sites, for numerous meteorological and conspiratorial reasons...
The vast desert wasteland of southern Saudi Arabia known as the Empty Quarter, or Rub' al Khali in Arabic, is one of the most desolate places on
Earth. In 1932, St. John Philby was hunting for a city named Ubar, that the Qur'an describes being destroyed by God for defying the Prophet Hud.
Philby transliterated the name of the city as Wabar.
Philby had heard of Bedouin legends of an area called Al Hadida ('place of iron' in Arabic) with ruins of ancient habitations, and also an area
where a piece of iron the size of a camel had been found, and so organized an expedition to visit the site. After a month's journey through wastes so
harsh that even some of the camels died, on 2 February 1932 Philby arrived at a patch of ground about a half a square kilometer in size, littered with
chunks of white sandstone, black glass, and chunks of iron meteorite. Philby identified two large circular depressions partially filled with sand, and
three other features that he identified as possible 'submerged craters'. He also mapped the area where the large iron block was reputed to have been
found. Philby thought the area a volcano, and it was only after bringing back samples to the UK that the site was identified as that of a meteorite
impact by Dr Leonard James Spencer of the British Museum.
A volcano in the midst of the Rub' al Khali! And below me, as I stood on that hill-top transfixed, lay the twin craters, whose black walls stood
up gauntly above the encroaching sand like the battlements and bastions of some great castle. These craters were respectively about 100 and 50 yards
in diameter, sunken in the middle but half choked with sand, while inside and outside their walls lay what I took to be lava in great circles where it
seemed to have flowed out from the fiery furnace. Further examination revealed the fact that there were three similar craters close by, though these
were surmounted by hills of sand and recognizable only by reason of the fringe of blackened slag round their edges.
Amongst the samples of iron, cindery material and silica glass that Philby brought back from the site was a 25 lb chunk of iron. Analysis showed it to
be about 90% iron and 5% nickel, with the rest consisting of various elements, including copper, cobalt, and 6 ppm of iridium, an unusually high
concentration. This siderophile element implied that the "Wabar" site was a meteorite impact area.
I enjoyed that read, thank you and very worth of a Star and Flag, A truly plausible explanation, it would be interesting to date these glass nodules
more accurately and try to compare the date's with other glass deposits around the world such as in Iraq and the Gobi Desert.
They have long been a mainstay of the ancient war theory but this explanation is excellent, still I would like to see a comparison of age's.
I thought they were made by lightening hitting the sand
i actually have some fulgurite (created when lightning hits sand) and it looks nothing like that.
the two things i know of that can make sand like that are meteors and nuclear explosions. this was probably a meteor.
The fulgarites are from an arc mode discharge, the glass is likely from a dark or glow mode plasma that will have microwave frequency pulsations. The
glass can be found on mainly hill tops or mountain peaks, along with other melted rock such as silicon dioxide. The silicon dioxide is amorphous, has
almost no crystal structure remaining, indicating it has been heated to a much higher temperature than the underlying rock in its magma state would
You can make glass from sand in a microwave oven, its rather hit-and-miss on the results as microwave ovens have regions of higher and lower
temperature due to the wave mixing (constructive and destructive interference), but it can be done.
The plasma from a large CME would also be high frequency pulsed, by ion acoustic waves, so this should considered as a third method of the desert
glass production. Also, all the deserts and sand 'seas' around the world contain sand with such consistent grain sizes that it is tough to image the
sand grains being from erosion by wind over millions of years, when surface dissociation of sandstone by plasma streams flowing over the sandstone
will produce such a grain consistency.
IT came from outer space!!!..the most famous glass like object that is literally the corner stone of one the five pillars of Islam.
A significant clue to its nature is provided by an account of the Stone's recovery in 951 AD after it had been stolen 21 years earlier; according to a
chronicler, the Stone was identified by its ability to float in water. If this account is accurate, it would rule out the Black Stone being an agate,
basalt lava or stony meteorite, though it would be compatible with it being glass or pumice. en.wikipedia.org... en.wikipedia.org...
Not sure if the meteorite called the Black stone became glass like after impact or it became glass like after being rubbed by millions for
centuries,but it's impact on the world was much greater than it's original crashing on this planet.
Kinda remind me of this
And yes I had to go there.
edit on 21-7-2013 by Spider879 because: I am an idiot??
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