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Answer the following What are the forms of energy into which the electrical energy of the atmosphere is dissipated during a lightning( Hint: The earth has an electric field of about 100 V m –1 at its surface in the downward direction, corresponding to a

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What are the forms of energy into which the electrical energy of the atmosphere is dissipated during a lightning? (Hint: The earth has an electric field of about 100 Vm^{-1}  at its surface in the downward direction, corresponding to a surface charge density = -10^{-9}Cm^{-2}. Due to the slight conductivity of the atmosphere up to about 50 km (beyond which it is good conductor), about + 1800 C is pumped every second into the earth as a whole. The earth, however, does not get discharged since thunderstorms and lightning occurring continually all over the globe pump an equal amount of negative charge on the earth.) 

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Electrical energy, of the atmosphere, is dissipated as light energy which comes from lightning, heat energy and sound energy which comes from the thunderstorm. 

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