Mysterylights Group Message 0013

Subject: Earth Lights Stuff
From: "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@...>
Date: 21 Feb 2001 16:54

Hi Everyone,
I'd like to welcome all new members to the group (we now total
five...), and extend my thanks to you all for your interest. Just to
prove that this mailing list is for discussion as well as site
updates, I'm posting a few ideas about the earth light phenomenon that
I've had recently...

Firstly, as usual there has been no major updates that I'm aware of in
the field of Earth Light research, just as there isn't every year
(although I admit I don't keep my ear to the ground as much as I used
to). Also, there isn't much in the way of new Web sites devoted to the
phenomenon, although I have stumbled across a couple of updates on our
old favourites: and Project Hessdalen. Still, I can't help
but feel that the field of earth light research is isolated due to the
obscurity of the events, and the lack of promotion or investigation of
the genre. I'm quite surprised that the site has got over 7000 hits
now, given that I rarely see it mentioned elsewhere.

Anyway, enough moaning, and on to the topic at hand: ALP. The most
major development that I have been cogitating on is the fact that most
of the major American sites center on railroad tracks: and when those
tracks are removed, the lights disappear too. This has happened too
many times (Maco, Crossett, to name a couple) to be of mere
coincidence, and leads me to conclude that the railways either a)
attract ALP, or b) propagate it. Maybe they do both. Lately, theories
and studies of earth lights have all come to the same "electromagnetic
plasma generated by the earth" conclusions. If this is indeed the
case, then we might be able to work out what role the tracks have in
transmitting the electricity from the ground into an electromagnetic
loop of plasma in the atmosphere.

The ground is fairly alive with electricity anyway, and small tectonic
strains can have large effects: no problem there. So let's say that
the electricity gets transmitted to the surface. It now needs to leap
out into the air and form a ball. This seems highly unlikely, which is
where I believe the railroad tracks come in...

If the tracks themselves become electrified, it may be possible for a
spark to somehow bridge the gap between them: if the conditions are
just perfect. This might not even be visible, only in the form of a
potential difference being exchanged by the tracks themselves... now,
if this can sufficiently ionise the air around the tracks, then this
energy might somehow get caught, being fed by the tracks, and
eventually form a ball of glowing plasma that can break free and
wander about.

Problems with this theory? Well, that's a big gap to cross, so the
potential difference would need to be *huge*... I think it's something
like 1000V per metre, so call it something like 2000V. However, I
remember from my college days that even a mere Van De Graff generator
can get up to 100,000 volts on a dry day. Maybe the ground could
generate such voltages? The current would not have to be all that
strong. If there is an unusually still piece of air above the tracks,
it might be able to form both the connection for the electricity, and
the container for the glowing plasma. The conditions needed to make
such an event happen would be highly exceptional: as mirrored by the
fact that the lights are so rare.

Well, I'm clutching at straws a bit here, I admit, but these lights
must be formed *somehow*, and I'm sure that the railroad tracks have
some part in that. The microclimate around the lights seems to be
inextricably linked to their characteristics, and that is a very
important line of investigation for us to pursue.

Anyway, I'll probably be posting some of this to the site later (most
likely under "theories") because there are more people looking at the
site than there are on this list :-)

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
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