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Libyan Glass Impactite virtual gallery

Also known as Libyan desert glass, this material is found in the Eastern Sahara Desert. It can be found embedded in the bedrock, and is thought to have been created when a very large meteorite underwent an airburst explosion (where the meteorite blows itself up in the atmosphere before hitting the Earth) that had enough energy to melt and fuse the surface desert sand into glass. Libyan glass is a type of impactite.

All images on this page are credit to National Space Centre unless otherwise stated.


A video showing the Libyan Glass Impactite.
(Credit: National Space Centre)

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Last updated: 03 October 2018


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