Monday 11 August 2014

Experimental generation of volcanic lightning using Popocatépetl ash

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Surtsey ash generated lightning

Popocatépetl ash generated sparks

The following videos were made at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich. Volcanic ash from Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano is ejected by argon at over 100 bar pressure. It's over in milliseconds. The sparks produced are a few centimetres long. The videos are shot at different frame rates and exposures. The  experimental details and results can be found here

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Unrelated to this post, below is an example of
eclectic science esoterica 

Liebig's condenser

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WARNING - Many subjects outlined within this site are extremely dangerous and are provided here for information only. Please don`t experiment with high voltages or chemicals unless you are fully conversant with safe laboratory practices. No liability will be accepted for death, injury or damage arising from experimentation using any information or materials supplied.