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Lightning and lightning. Earth's atmosphere

Lightning and lightning. Earth's atmosphere

Lightning is an electric shock that occurs between rain clouds or between one of these clouds and the earth. The discharge is visible with sinuous paths and irregular branches, sometimes many kilometers away.

The visible phenomenon, like the one in the photo, is known as lightning, while the electric shock is lightning. There is also a sound wave called thunder.

Not all rays produce thunder, it is estimated that approximately only 60%. This is because, often, waves of several consecutive rays mix to form one, or cancel each other out.

Lightning strikes or damages more people than tornadoes or hurricanes. They cause 40% of farm fires and many forests are burned by their action. However, not everything related to lightning is negative. The soil is enriched with nitrogen released from the atmosphere by lightning and transported by raindrops.

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