Lightning over town

Lightning over town

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Caption: Lightning. Bolt of lightning striking a hill behind the town of Los Alamos, USA, at night. Lightning occurs when a large electrical charge builds up in a cloud. This is probably due to the rapid movement of water droplets and ice particles within the cloud. The charge induces an opposite charge on the ground, and a few "leader electrons" travel to the ground. When one electron contacts the ground, there is a huge backflow of energy up the path of the electron. This produces a bright flash of light, and temperatures of up to 30,000 degrees Celsius.

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