Name: Betty A Laliberte
Does oxygen conduct electricity easier than carbon dioxide? I am asking this
question because it seems that lightning reacts more violently to the air on
Venus than to the atmosphere on Earth.
That is an interesting observation. But oxygen only makes up a small fraction
of our atmosphere - air is mostly composed of nitrogen. I think the violence
of lightning on Venus might have more to do with the much higher atmospheric
pressure and temperatures that create friction and build up static electric
charges in Venusian clouds. Maybe you could find more information on the
atmosphere of Venus (and of Earth too for that matter) by connecting to the
NASA Spacelink bulletin board.