How can a negatively charged lightning discharge into negative charged earth?

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Offline Joe L. Ogan

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How can a negatively charged lightning bolt discharge into a negatively charged earth?  Just what happens when lightning strikes earth? That is an awful lot of energy.  It would be nice if some of it could be saved as a source of energy on earth.  Has anyone ever tried to do this?  Thanks for your comments.  Joe L. Ogan


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Dear Joe

this article: - should explain the mechanism of lightning and also addresses the question of how much energy is released and whether it would be practical to attempt to collect it.

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