Lightning bolts striking the Eiffel Tower, France

Lightning bolts striking the Eiffel Tower, France

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Credit: JEAN-LOUP CHARMET/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lightning. Lightning bolts striking the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Lightning occurs when a large electrical charge builds up in a cloud until it creates an ionised path through the air. Electricity rapidly passes through this pathway. the discharge creating bright light and high temperatures. Tall buildings are often hit by lightning because their shape concentrates the electric field around them. Buildings can be protected by fitting a lightning conductor, a metal wire that carries the electricity to the ground. Photographed on 3rd June 1902; degradation of the photograph has caused markings to appear at centre right.

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