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Name: shirley
Status: other
Grade: other
Location: NJ
Country: N/A
Date: July 2006

Question:
What affect does thunder and lighting have on flower gardens and vegetable gardens?



Replies:
The "chemistry" of lightning and thunder is complicated, and not understood fully. What is clear is that ozone, and nitrogen oxides are produced, but how much and where is difficult to specify accurately because the chemistry of high energy discharges, even under controlled conditions, is varied. The nitrogen oxides should provide "fixed" nitrogen for plants, but beyond that it is hard to give details. The sites below give some results of studies, but it is a difficult subject to study.

http://web.mit.edu/cgcs/www/MIT_CGCS_Rpt23.html

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2003/0617eyes_prt.htm

http://www.endeav.org/evolut/text/ball/ball.htm

Vince Calder



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