Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Dirty Thunderstorm

Thanks mom for emailing this to me! God sure does have some amazing creations!!!

In case you missed it, several days ago, a volcano near the coast of Chili, a volcano that had been dormant for 9,000 years, erupted spectacularly, hurling liquefied metals and ash many miles into the sky. The result, which you see here, is called a 'dirty thunderstorm,' and are quite rare. Nobody is certain what causes them, but according to National Geographic, it's believed to be 'the result of rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in the plume collid[ing] to produce static charges just as ice particles collide to create charge in regular thunderstorms.'


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