Kids ASK! about Science & Technology
Since water is a good conductor of electricity, wouldn’t the entire ocean gets electrically charged?
According to Don MacGorman, a physicist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, lightning that hits the sea stays more on the surface of the water rather than penetrating it. As water is a good conductor, it keeps most of the current on the surface. Therefore, if the fish is underwater, it is generally safe. If it is close to the surface, it can also be killed.
Also, according to NASA, lightning avoids oceans.
Want to know more about lightning? Here are some recommended resources:
Thunder and lightning by Elizabeth Miles
Publisher : Oxford : Heinemann Library, 2005.
Call No. : J 551.5 MIL
Lightning : it’s electrifying by Jennifer Dussling
Publisher : New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2002.
Call No. : J 551.56 DUS
Thunder and lightning by Casey Mayer
Publisher : Oxford : Heinemann Library, 2007
Call No. : JP 551.5 MAY
Thunderstorms and lightning by Dean Galiano
Publisher : New York : Rosen Pub. Group’s Rosen Central, 2003
Call No. : J 551.55 GAL
Thunderstorms by Patricia D. Netzley
Publisher : San Diego, Calif. : KidHaven Press, c2003
Call No. : J 551.55 NET
For the availability of the above book titles, please check the library catalogue.
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Answered by Lian Mei Wan
Posted by Galvin Soh
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