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Mysterious Light Associated with Earthquakes Now Linked to Geologic Rift Zones
scientificamerican.com ^ | January 3, 2014 | Alexandra Witze

Posted on 01/03/2014 8:34:13 PM PST by BenLurkin

The study, published in the January/February issue of Seismological Research Letters pulls together several strands of research to propose a mechanism by which earthquake lights form. The authors suggest that, during an earthquake, the stress of rocks grinding against each other generates electric charges, which travel upwards along the nearly vertical geological faults that are common in rift zones. When the charges reach Earth's surface and interact with the atmosphere, they create a glow.

(Excerpt) Read more at scientificamerican.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; earthquakes; piezoelectricity

1 posted on 01/03/2014 8:34:13 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Is it really a “study”? or is it just a cool possibility that someone dreamed up?


2 posted on 01/03/2014 8:36:43 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy

Yup


3 posted on 01/03/2014 8:38:14 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Set up a static warp shell.


4 posted on 01/03/2014 8:38:46 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: BenLurkin

Kind of like chewing on peppermint Lifesavers in the dark, huh? Wonder if this might explain persistent mysterious lights, i.e. the Brown Mountain Lights in NC?


5 posted on 01/03/2014 8:40:30 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

No those are ufos.

8^)


6 posted on 01/03/2014 8:41:39 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's an earthquake?

7 posted on 01/03/2014 8:42:51 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: BenLurkin

Even if this were true, would it happen soon enough to help anyone?


8 posted on 01/03/2014 8:42:53 PM PST by doc1019
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To: BenLurkin

I remember there being some funny lights in the sky filmed in China just before a big one there a couple of years ago. They looked sort of like Northern Lights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKMTSDzU1Z4


9 posted on 01/03/2014 8:43:28 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: BenLurkin

Wonder if this might be an answer to the Marfa lights.


10 posted on 01/03/2014 8:43:57 PM PST by Cribb (Home of Conservatism - America's middle class.)
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To: DannyTN

Yeah, that’s them.


11 posted on 01/03/2014 8:44:00 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: ClearCase_guy
WIKI: Piezoelectricity is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials (such as crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins)[1] in response to applied mechanical stress. The word piezoelectricity means electricity resulting from pressure. It is derived from the Greek piezo or piezein , which means to squeeze or press, and electric or electron ( which stands for amber, an ancient source of electric charge.[2] Piezoelectricity was discovered in 1880 by French physicists Jacques and Pierre Curie.[3]

I've read about this for a LONG time, and figured it had something to do with the piezoelectric effect. It sounds like they are also just making some logical explanations, but no real studies. I keep being late to putting my thoughts into action, so tomorrow I am putting together a grant request to study the electrical generating properties along fault lines to run a concession of plug-in centers for electrical cars. $950 million should be enough to get me started on this environmentally sound and climate friendly proposition.

12 posted on 01/03/2014 8:47:10 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

Be sure and paint the electric cars green.


13 posted on 01/03/2014 8:54:41 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Dogbert41

Ice crystals refracting sunlight?


14 posted on 01/03/2014 8:54:46 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: DannyTN

Ice crystals refracting sunlight?


15 posted on 01/03/2014 8:55:31 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve read about mysterious lights that appear during earthquakes that in an event of such cataclysmic circumstances are difficult to study, observe. While this article tries to explain the anecdotal phenomena as reported to occur, it certainly is one that won’t be readily resolved.


16 posted on 01/03/2014 9:18:07 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: ClearCase_guy

This is news...
I read this 10 years ago in a Orogeny Journal when I was researching for a college term paper.


17 posted on 01/03/2014 9:20:50 PM PST by gizmotoby (Don't beleve me, do your own research!!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Sounds like the author of the article read some studies & gave his opinion of them. I read nothing new out of the article that I haven't read hear on FR, other than the man alerting his family to evacuate the house prior to a quake.
18 posted on 01/03/2014 9:21:32 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: BenLurkin

bfl


19 posted on 01/03/2014 9:32:58 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: BenLurkin

Seems like Mulder and Skully tangled with a giant fungus in a cave that was causing it, lol. Was it an alien fungus?


20 posted on 01/03/2014 9:39:34 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...
Thanks BenLurkin.

21 posted on 01/03/2014 11:38:05 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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22 posted on 01/04/2014 7:42:19 PM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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