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Ancient Egypt to Golf Course Bunkers - Fun Facts
19 June 2017
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We love glass so much sometimes it's all we talk about - glass repair and glass replacement as well as commercial and residential glass applications – glass windows, glass doors, glass balustrades, mirrors and more.

Here are some fun facts about the history of glass and the various uses of it in our everyday life:

  1. Glass can be found in nature! When lightning hits the sand, it can sometimes form small glass tubes called fulgurites. Obsidian, another naturally occurring glass, can often be found around volcanoes.
  2. Glass, in a modern form we would appreciate, was used extensively by the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians.
  3. The world’s largest collection of glass art is at The Corning Museum of Glass, in New York. There are more than 45,000 pieces on display.
  4. Glass can be recycled. It is broken up, then melted with silica sand, limestone, and soda ash to make new glass. It's easily recycled because it doesn't deteriorate with use or age.
  5. Recycled glass requires a lower heating temperature than glass from raw materials, thus requiring 40 percent less energy.
  6. Some recycled glass becomes ‘processed sand’ – a finely ground glass that you will come across the next time you hit a golf ball into a bunker!
  7. Light passes through glass because it has a random molecular structure.
  8. Notice a green tint to some glass? The thicker a piece of glass is, the more likely it is to have a green tint, due to the minerals in the glass itself. Manufacturers will sometimes add different minerals to change glass colouring.

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