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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.



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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.

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