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Living Organism versus Electricity

  1. Jun 21, 2012 #1
    I was wondering for quite a while what would happen if you exposed a living organism to electricity of ~250.000 Ampère at 1.000.000 Volts (I'm unsure if the values given are insanely high or not).
    Would the organism just end up "everywhere" or something else??
     
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  3. Jun 21, 2012 #2

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    Electrocution can cause nerve damage, stop the heart and burn the organism. The values you have given are insanely high, a bit of googling will show that above 10kv death in humans is highly likely though there are rare records of survival at voltages of over 100kv.
     
  4. Jun 22, 2012 #3
    That I know.
    I've read multiple questions and answers about this topic and of them end like: "high-voltage is dangerous, yes; but it also depends on the amperage (the higher the amperage the server the consequences at lower voltage)".

    ...what about the hamster-in-microwave experiment?
     
  5. Jun 22, 2012 #4
    RF fields are very different from arc discharges in their effects.

    There's never a thread-closing mod around when you need one.
     
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