Libyan (Egyptian) Desert Glass Impactite

Libyan (Egyptian) Desert Glass Impactite

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Model:  meteorite_ldg

Sourced from Spacerocks UK

We source our meteorites from David Bryant at Spacerocks UK. David has been a meteorite specialist for over 15-years and is a well known and respected figure in the industry - you might have met him at an event or attended one of his talks.

Spacerocks UK are also members of the prestigious International Meteorite Collectors Association (IMCA) so offer a lifetime guarantee of authenticity with all of their meteorites.

If you are looking for something larger or more unique than the meteorites offered here please contact us, we will do our best to source something suitable.

Genuine examples Libyan Desert Glass.

Libyan Desert Glass (LDG) is an impactite made up almost entirely of silica found dispersed over an area of the Great Sand Sea in Egypt and the Libyan Desert.

Please note - meteorites are unique and come in different shapes and sizes. We have photographed one intended to represent the meteorite you receive but the actual meteorite will differ slightly. The price displayed is for a single meteorite.

Libyan Desert Glass

Libyan Desert Glass is one of the most unusual natural glasses ever discovered. It is made up almost entirely of silica and is dispersed over an area of the Great Sand Sea in Egypt and the Libyan Desert.

Analysis of the chemical composition of several different samples has confirmed their close compositional relationship to the sandstones of the Jurassic-Creteceous era. Testing confirms that LDG's are impact glasses and have chemical features similar to Muong Nong tektites.

Possible inclusions are bubbles, Cristobalite and sometimes dark streaks but Libyan Desert Glass can either be milky or gem quality with almost no impurities.

The site of the impact which created the glass has been identified as the Gilf el Kebir, a crater-like feature in the eastern Sahara, Recent studies by the University of Tel Aviv indicates that this structure was created by a cometary explosion above the surface of the desert.

This beautiful material has been used since the Neolithic in the manufacture of tools and weapons, and also comprises the centre-piece of the pectoral jewel buried with Tutankhamen.

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