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These Look Like Crazy Rocks, But They Actually Form When Lightning Strikes Sand

Nature can do some pretty incredible things.

Take some time out of your day to turn on the Discovery Channel or pop in that DVD of “Planet Earth” and you’ll learn about wonders of the Earth you never even imagined. That’s what’s great about the internet, too! There are so many amazing things to be learned from scientific blogs and even scientists on Twitter.

A new post on Scientific American is showing us that not every science-related fact on the web is created equal, and that sometimes the truth is even stranger than fiction.

This photo was posted to Reddit and other sources claiming to be “what happens when lightning strikes sand.” It’s dramatic and amazing, but it’s not true.

Scientific American

This is a stick with sand slowly dripped on top of it by a sandcastle artist.

Read More: His Free Dive Into A Frozen Lake Is Both Amazing And Terrifying

But what does happen when lightning strikes sand? It can create fulgurites, which look similar to the viral image but are usually much smaller.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/fulgurites/

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These Look Like Crazy Rocks, But They Actually Form When Lightning Strikes Sand

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