I can't explain the physics of it, but something in my subconscious strongly suspects that 'fault lines' in the Earth as well as 'volcanic zones', and even 'tornado alleys' are simply different expressions of telluric-to-atmospheric current paths.
- If one considered how a dielectric might respond to a sudden increase in current (or even a slow build-up to an explosive release- like a DL blowing up), that might explain the phenomenon that we call an 'earthquake'.
- If one considers the definition of a 'dielectric':
(ARTICLE from the Encyclopædia Britannica)
insulating material or a very poor conductor of electric current. When dielectrics are placed in an electric field, practically no current flows in them because, unlike metals, they have no loosely bound, or free, electrons that may drift through the material. Instead, electric polarization occurs. The positive charges within the dielectric are displaced minutely in the direction of the electric field, and the negative charges are displaced minutely in the direction opposite to the electric field. This slight separation of charge, or polarization, reduces the electric field within the dielectric.
The presence of dielectric material affects other electrical phenomena. The force between two electric charges in a dielectric medium is less than it would be in a vacuum, while the quantity of energy stored in an electric field per unit volume of a dielectric medium is greater. The capacitance of a capacitor filled with a dielectric is greater than it would be in a vacuum. The effects of the dielectric on electrical phenomena are described on a large, or macroscopic scale by employing such concepts as dielectric constant, permittivity, and polarization (see electric polarization).
I would also expect to see very large jumps in subterranean heat in the fault zone as the current dissipated some of the power as thermokinetic energy to propogate through the dielectric (rock/water table/etc).
- This might also explain vulcanism. More current in a 'fault line' might actually melt the dielectric (soil, rock, etc) resulting in the 'magma' we see in volcanic areas. There are always tremors and whatnot in conjunction with vulcanism, isn't there?
(On a side note- I was thinking back to Wal Thornhill's musings on 'electric gravity', I wonder if we wouldn't see a sudden dip in G above a strong earthquake? Might explain some of the collateral damage of those things, especially with regards to buildings.
If the macroscopic polarization of molecules in a dielectric swing in response to an electric field, would that cause any variance in the polarization of the subnuclear/subelectronic particles hypothetically suspected to be responsible for gravity? Thermokinetic energy (or in this case lack therof), induced polarization (via centrifugal force) in a magnetic field was supposedly responsible for the shielding effect against gravity above a super-conducting disk in a lab experiment.)
Do you suppose...?
- Likewise, the oddities associated with tornadic/cyclonic activity and electricity are pretty much irrefutable nowadays, I think. Not only the whole dynamics of the charged sheath vortex, but the scavenged debris (from well outside the funnel cloud base), the icy hail (regardless of the atmospheric temperature), and oddly enough- the tornado's ability to lift things with more than just 'air pressure' (the guy who got lifted off the ground by the tornado, but was able to keep his grip on a fencepost(!?) to keep from being blown away), and many other characteristics all point to the electrical nature of tornados.
- Hurricanes, from what I've gathered, do not show any exempliary electrical effects (other than the base cyclonic nature of them, which most attribute simply to planetary rotation and hydrodynamic effects), but I wonder...
Most hurricanes form in particular 'bands' around the planet. Check out the picture from that recent TPOD:Dual bands of ultraviolet light mark streams of plasma circling Earth's equator.
Credit: NASA IMAGE Satellite/University of California Berkeley.
I wonder if tornado alleys also form under these 'bands' (which I think are a [url2=http://www.plasma-universe.com/Diocotron_instability]diocotron instability[/url2] like the storm bands of the gas giant planets?
Saturn:"Storm Alley" in Saturn's southern latitudes. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
Of course, it's one thing to sit around and surmise all this stuff... but I haven't a shred of evidence to back any of it up!
"I have no fear to shout out my ignorance and let the Wise correct me, for every instance of such narrows the gulf between them and me." -- Michael A. Harrington