Ground Fulgurites For Sale

 

          Over 800 specimens comprise this strike and I am just beginning to photograph and sell them.  These include both the typical ground fulgurites often seen for sale at mineral shows and on the internet as well as the rarer exogenic variety of fulgurites.  They comprise the largest known grouping of Exogenic Fulgurites, as well as an enormous lot of ground fulgurite all created at the same lightning strike in Oswego, New York State. 

         The strike which produced all of these fulgurite specimens occurred on August 2nd, 2008.  The strike occurred at 432739.65 N latitude by 76302.22 W longitude between the roadway and sidewalk on 100 East Cayuga Street at an elevation of 88.4 meters above sea level.  This is approximately six city blocks from the southeastern edge of Lake Ontario.  The site was composed of four distinct impact spots.  The entire strike site was approximately five meters in length and two meters in width.  A paper documenting the occurrence and describing its scientific significance has been published in Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.

The Oswego, New York, exogenic fulgurite occurrence represents only the second occurrence of these unusual fulgurites to be documented, the first being the Elko, Nevada, occurrence, found in 1997 (Mohling, J. W. 2004. Exogenic fulgurites from Elko County, Nevada: A new class of fulgurites associated with large soil-gravel fulgurite tubes.  Rocks & Minerals LXXIX: 334-40). 

 

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FONY-017

FONY-017      Ground Fulgurite   Oswego, Oswego County, New York.  From lighting strike on August 2, 2008, ref. Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.  Collected by Michael R. Walter, August 25th, 2008.  This example is partially hollow in sections with light green interiors and an exterior fused by small rocks and soil.  A nice example of this material for the price.  7.2 cm.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

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FONY-018

FONY-018      Exogenic/ Ground Fulgurite Hybrid    Oswego, Oswego County, New York.  From lighting strike on August 2, 2008, ref. Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.  Collected by Michael R. Walter, August 25th, 2008.  This is one of only several examples of what the transition area around the strike site looks like.  It is the boundary between where the energy went subterranean and at the surface liquefied and flew out of the hole.  The liquid stringers drip into the opening like frosting off the edge of a cake.  A very interesting and unusual piece.  7 cm.  $195

 

 

 

 

 

 

FONY-023

FONY-023      Ground Fulgurite fused with Ceramics     Oswego, Oswego County, New York.  From lighting strike on August 2, 2008, ref. Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.  Collected by Joeseph, Jonah, Arlo, and Jeffery Shallit.  This large section of ground fulgurite is one of only three known examples (one was photographed for the 2011 article and FONY-042) that contained sections of blue and white ceramics fused into its matrix.  9 x 7.5 x 6.5 cm overall with a large section of completely fused/ incorporated ceramic material.  This was likely an old, broken and discarded blue and white ceramic plate, cup or saucer from the 1800s buried in the curbside soil.  Very unusual and practically unheard of in the fulgurite world.  $195

 

 

 

 

 

 

FONY-037

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FONY-037      Ground Fulgurite Fused on Sandstone    Oswego, Oswego County, New York.  From lighting strike on August 2, 2008, ref. Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.  Collected by Michael R. Walter, August 25th, 2008.  I do not referred to these as "rock fulgurites" because the are simply fulgurites that hit, or went through, rocks in the soil.  A true rock fulgurite would have hit rock directly, such as a surface boulder or exposed bedrock.  In any case it was a rare find at this particular strike and an interesting conversation piece.  Seen here is the ground fulgurite solidly fused to the edge of a smooth sandstone pebble.  Again, rare at this strike because the soil where it occurred was dominated by organic material and very fine grained rock particles.  4.5 cm.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

FONY-038

FONY-038      Ground Fulgurite   Oswego, Oswego County, New York.  From lighting strike on August 2, 2008, ref. Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.  Collected by Michael R. Walter, August 25th, 2008.  This is the typical ground fulgurite material from the strike.  Thick walled with a rough textured exterior and interior of glass.  Several larger (to over a cm) pebble on exterior of fulgurite.  7.8 cm.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

FONY-039

FONY-039      Exogenic/ Ground Fulgurite Hybrid     Oswego, Oswego County, New York.  From lighting strike on August 2, 2008, ref. Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.  Collected by Michael R. Walter, August 25th, 2008.  This is what the entry tube interface material looked like at this strike and even though I did not document it as having come from that exact interface I believe it did.  A nice thick flow of green glass can be seen grading down to the typical textured, gray ground fulgurite material.  3.8 cm.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

FONY-041

FONY-041      Ground Fulgurite   Oswego, Oswego County, New York.  From lighting strike on August 2, 2008, ref. Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.  Collected by Michael R. Walter, August 25th, 2008.  The piece seen here is a section of a well developed tube that has an interesting twisted form.  This is the typical ground fulgurite material from the strike.  Thick walled with a rough textured exterior and interior of glass.  Hollow throughout.  6.5 cm.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

FONY-043

FONY-043      Ground Fulgurite fused on Sandstone  Oswego, Oswego County, New York.  From lighting strike on August 2, 2008, ref. Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.  Collected by Michael R. Walter, August 25th, 2008.   I do not referred to these as "rock fulgurites" because the are simply fulgurites that hit, or went through, rocks in the soil.  A true rock fulgurite would have hit rock directly, such as a surface boulder or exposed bedrock.  In any case it was a rare find at this particular strike and an interesting conversation piece.  Seen here is the ground fulgurite solidly fused to the edge of a smooth sandstone pebble and a second smaller one.  Again, rare at this strike because the soil where it occurred was dominated by organic material and very fine grained rock particles. I believe this is the most interesting one from the find as you can clearly see the discharge staining in gray below the primary fulgurite (see the first image for the best view of this detail).  Solidly attached.  Excellent piece.  2.8 cm.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

FONY-044

FONY-044      Ground Fulgurite fused on Rock   Oswego, Oswego County, New York.  From lighting strike on August 2, 2008, ref. Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.  Collected by Michael R. Walter, August 25th, 2008.   I do not referred to these as "rock fulgurites" because the are simply fulgurites that hit, or went through, rocks in the soil.  A true rock fulgurite would have hit rock directly, such as a surface boulder or exposed bedrock.  In any case it was a rare find at this particular strike and an interesting conversation piece.  Seen here is the ground fulgurite solidly fused to the edge of a smooth pebble (dark color indicates shale or maybe basalt).  Again, rare at this strike because the soil where it occurred was dominated by organic material and very fine grained rock particles.  4.2 cm.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

FONY-045

FONY-045      Ground Fulgurite   Oswego, Oswego County, New York.  From lighting strike on August 2, 2008, ref. Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.  Collected by Michael R. Walter, August 25th, 2008.   Another nice example with a typical gray textured exterior and smooth glassy green interior.  Large and stocky.  A couple of large pebbles on the exterior of this one add some contrast and interest.  8.5 cm.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

FONY-046

FONY-046      Ground Fulgurite   Oswego, Oswego County, New York.  From lighting strike on August 2, 2008, ref. Rocks and Minerals magazine, May/ June 2011 issue, vol. 86, no.3, p. 264-270.  Collected by Michael R. Walter, August 25th, 2008.  This is the typical ground fulgurite material from the strike.  Thick walled with a rough textured exterior and interior of glass.   Not quite hollow throughout.   7 cm.  $30

 

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