Lightning is amazing and breathtaking to watch. At the same time it can be extremely dangerous. It is also very unpredictable. It is the most unpredictable of all natural phenomena. Those bright flashes in the sky also play a major role in our echo system and life on earth.
Humans and all other life need nitrogen. When we breathe we breathe in nitrogen but that nitrogen is not consumed by our bodies. The way we get nitrogen is from the plants we eat and the animals we eat that eat the plants.
The nitrogen molecules in the air are made up of two very tightly packed atoms. In order for us to absorb the nitrogen those atoms need to be separated. Lightning has enough energy to separate the atoms allowing the atoms to fall to the earth in the rain water where they combine with minerals in the soil forming nitrates. This of course is known as fertilizer.
In short, now the plants have what they need to grow. The animals now have the plants that they need to eat and us humans have what we need to eat and we also have our much needed nitrogen that keeps us alive.
The next time you hear a load clap of THUNDER, give some thanks to the lightning for fertilizing our soil.
All images were captured with a Canon T1i
Overlooking Flagstaff Arizona from Mars Hill
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