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The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: F is for Fulgurite

Friday, 6 April 2012

My posts in the The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge are all about interesting words. Words that are weird, intriguing, poetic or just plain cool.

F is for Fulgurite

A fulgurite is a hollow, glass tube formed in the ground when lightning strikes sand or soil. The 1800°C+ tempreatures of the lightning melts grains of silica or quartz and leaves behind a frozen impression of the vast electrical discharge. Because of this, fulgurites are sometimes referred to as petrified lightning. The longest one ever found was nearly 5 metres long ...

The word comes from the Latin fulgur meaning, simply, thunderbolt.

Archaeopteryx Blunderbuss Chthonic Dreadnought Entropy Fulgurite


  1. Never heard of it. Love it!
    Many thanks for introducing me.

    Twitter: @LynneinPborough

  2. I just love the idea of "petrified lightning." It would make a great title for a poem or story. :)

  3. Lynne - You're most welcome! Thanks for dropping by.

    Madeline - I agree. In fact if I ever start a poetry journal I'd consider Fulgurites or Petrified Lightning for a name.

  4. That's amazing...petrified lightning. This term is definitely getting filed in my list of words for future use. Great post!

  5. They have some examples of these on display at the Boston Museum of Science. Part awesome, part terrifying.

  6. You found one? WOW! love to see a picture. How interesting this is.

  7. Excellent word, love the way it sounds and its meaning. Thanks!

  8. Wow - never heard of it, but I know what they're talking about. The idea of "petrified lightning" is brilliant!

  9. I've never actually seen one of these, but I've always loved the thought of them. Nature is cool!

    Wishing you continued success with the A to Z challenge,

  10. One of those things that it seems good to know exists, even if I can't see the knowledge coming in use in the near future.

  11. Fascinating! I've never seen Petrified Lightning. Now I must go on a search to find pictures. Very exciting!

  12. Tracy - hope it comes in useful some day!

    Matthew - I'd like to see them some day. I think I was there a couple of years back.

    Liz - Never seen one; must be incredible to find one.

    Susan/rhi - Thanks!

    Nicole - Agreed. It's a nice image isn't it?

    Jocelyn - Agreed. We writers have to go some to out-imagine nature.

    Stu - Maybe it will come up in a quiz and you'll be able to dazzle your friends?

    Janyce - Thanks; they are cool I agree.

  13. Wow, I have never heard of this...wouldn't it be interesting to see!!
    Hope you're enjoying the challenge,
    Monica, Older Mommy Still Yummy

  14. Monica - Agreed! I am enjoying it although my head is spinning a little. Hope you are too.

  15. That would be a cool find, much better than the trash I usually find in the sand. Your posts are so much better than the word of the day I follow at work. Happy Easter and happy blogging!

  16. Michael - Thanks and Happy Easter to you, too.

  17. HI Simon .. fascinating - I'd never heard of that before ... but makes sense - though I'm glad not to be near the strike.

    Cheers Hilary

  18. Now that is a cool word to know...if only I could find one now!!

  19. Love new words. Thanks for this one.


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