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(Mother Nature Network)   Old and busted: Sasquatch, UFOs, chupacabras. New freakiness: Earthquake lights   (mnn.com) divider line 22
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2014-01-07 09:21:21 AM
Those actually work great, but waiting for the earthquake to power it is kinda boring....
 
2014-01-07 09:25:21 AM
It's just brownies.
 
2014-01-07 09:25:44 AM
Natural piezoelectricity
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piezoelectricity

Most geologists know about it, most believe in it.  Very theoretical for many years.  In West Texas, people talk about going out to see the "Marfa Lights" and while some would rather believe it's the headlights seen from 25 miles away, it's actually this effect when it's actually going on.

/if you don't see the Marfa Lights, you simply keep partying until something else good happens.
 
2014-01-07 09:37:11 AM
It's a streetlight.

/can't believe I was first with that.
 
2014-01-07 09:44:28 AM
I've been to Marfa. The lights are actually from a local kid hired to drum up tourism.
 
2014-01-07 09:44:47 AM
There are four comments above mine.
;)
 
2014-01-07 09:45:42 AM
Simulpost, thanks.
 
2014-01-07 09:49:48 AM
Earthquake lights are what happens when you compress thousands (?) of tons of rock in new and interesting angles, formations, and stresses. The magnetic field, how does it work?
 
2014-01-07 09:53:22 AM
Nayest


Earthquake lights are what happens when you compress thousands (?) of tons of rock in new and interesting angles, formations, and stresses. The magnetic field, how does it work?


I don't know, I am not a Geologist.
 
2014-01-07 10:01:12 AM
Ancient demons being released from the Abyss!
 
2014-01-07 10:02:19 AM
Yeah, if I recall correctly there were several learned scientists from many countries who were in China at the time of the earthquake 10 years ago or so, and many of them saw the lights, from multiple locations, and they all agreed on what they saw.

/Personally, I like a few unexplained mysteries in life... like why I am continually attracted to psychotic redheads that inevitably make me miserable.
 
2014-01-07 10:13:46 AM
Wait. Friction causes static discharge?  Someone get me my fainting couch!
 
2014-01-07 10:21:37 AM

SVenus: Natural piezoelectricity
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piezoelectricity

Most geologists know about it, most believe in it.  Very theoretical for many years.  In West Texas, people talk about going out to see the "Marfa Lights" and while some would rather believe it's the headlights seen from 25 miles away, it's actually this effect when it's actually going on.

/if you don't see the Marfa Lights, you simply keep partying until something else good happens.


was gonna link that too

quartz and other minerals are a fascinating thing, especially the things they do under various stresses

/I should go check out the events like that
 
2014-01-07 10:27:15 AM

Kaw Dawg: Ancient demons being released from the Abyss!


Klattu Baratta N(coughs)
 
2014-01-07 10:30:26 AM
Hmmm, related to Ball Lightning, I wonder...?
 
2014-01-07 10:34:45 AM

Darwins Point-ed Stick: It's a streetlight.

/can't believe I was first with that.


i'mnotsayingitsaliens.jpg
 
2014-01-07 10:34:55 AM
I hate those Samsqanch monsters!

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2014-01-07 10:45:04 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKMTSDzU1Z4

30 mins before the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China


Common phenomena. Not the first reported case.

Techtonic plate movements, earth plates collide = rainbow fabulousness for the whole world!
 
2014-01-07 12:09:00 PM

GungFu: Common phenomena. Not the first reported case.


The phenomenon seen in the linked video is a section of the halo form called the circumhorizontal arc. Not the most common halo, but hardly a rarity either wherever the sun rises high enough on sky. It has abolutely nothing to do with earthquakes.
 
2014-01-07 04:07:02 PM
Earthquakes might turn the rocks momentarily into p-type semiconductors...

I learned that from Bob Drake.

/earthquake lights are still not understood.
 
2014-01-07 04:25:49 PM

GungFu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKMTSDzU1Z4

30 mins before the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China


Common phenomena. Not the first reported case.

Techtonic plate movements, earth plates collide = rainbow fabulousness for the whole world!



That looks more like a fragmented circumhorizontal arc produced by tufts of cirrus clouds. What a more continuous example looks like:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-07 06:19:08 PM
I no longer have a reason to goto Marfa.
 
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