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Is there an easy experiment on fulgurite I can do? If you can, can it be safe? Is it impossible for me to make fulgurite?
Answer 1:

There are electronic devises - Tesla coils and whatnot - that are capable of making fulgurite, but they're dangerous, and need to be handled with extreme care. A safer experiment to do might be to go to the top of a mountain peak and sieve the sand and see if you can find any fulgerite tubes within it, and then compare that to a lowland basin. That would allow you to sample the stuff without actually having to deal with the electricity. Still, I would suggest a little less of a high-energy project.


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