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Lightning has an icy heart.

  1. Aug 21, 2005 #1


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    One of many articles on the proof that lightning is caused by ice flying around in the atmosphere. Apparently meteorologists are pretty certain about this. What about on Venus? There's a lot of lightning there, but certainly no ice.

    What do all of you think on of the cosmic ray theory of lightning formation?
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  3. Aug 21, 2005 #2


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    Didn't have time to read the link, but I've heard the same assertion many times. Still, no matter how I search, I can't seem to find a report of a spark being generated this way in the lab. Has it been done?

    Regarding Venus; I suppose that, if ice crystalls can generate lightning, crystals of amonia or sulfur or anything else that crystalizes when it freezes would do the same, would it not?
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