Surprisingly, the lightning phenomena, commonly feared by humans and animals, as well, is now deemed as a beneficial thing for life on Earth. A recent study discovered that the electromagnetic field produced by bolts of lightning have a protective effect over living organisms.
“These fields, called Schumann Resonances, are a set of spectrum peaks in the extremely low-frequency (ELF) portion of the Earth’s electromagnetic field spectrum and are therefore difficult to detect. As such, it was believed that they had no impact on life on Earth,” reported Interesting Engineering.
“We found that under controlled conditions, the Schumann Resonance fields certainly had an effect on living tissues. The most important effect was that the atmospheric ELF fields actually protected cells under stress conditions. In other words, when biological cells are under stress – due to lack of oxygen, for example – the atmospheric fields from lightning appear to protect them from damage. This may be related to the evolutionary role these fields have played on living organisms,” said Prof. Colin Price of TAU’s Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, cited by Interesting Engineering.
New Study Suggests That Lightning Phenomena Protect Life on Earth
“It is the first study that demonstrates a link between global lightning activity and the Schumann Resonances and the activity of living cells. It may explain why all living organisms have electrical activity in the same ELF spectral range, and it is the first time such a connection has been shown. This may have some therapeutic implications down the line since these ELF fields appear to protect cells from damage, but this requires further research,” said Prof. Price.
Now, Dr. Price and his co-workers are struggling to conduct further research to confirm their initial findings. Scientists hope to find the exact reasons why lightning phenomena protect life on Earth.
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