Presentation on theme: "Erupting Volcano and a Lightning Storm Assembled by Ken Mitchell Livermore TOPScience."— Presentation transcript:
Erupting Volcano and a Lightning Storm Assembled by Ken Mitchell Livermore TOPScience
Two of nature's most spectacular forces produced an incredible brew in the skies of Chile as a volcanic eruption met a lightning storm. Tons of dust and ash from the eruption of the Chaitén volcano poured into the night sky just as an electric storm passed overhead. The resulting collision created a spectacular sight as lightning flickered around the dust cloud amid the orange glow of the volcano.
Note static discharges inside the volcano’s plume
Note that static discharges are normal in a volcano’s dust plume. This eruption was all the more spectacular because the Chaitén volcano, 800 miles south of Santiago, has been dormant for hundreds - if not thousands - of years. As typical, the Patagonian volcano the 12- mile-high plume has left vast tracts of land coated with a layer of ash.