High-energy events, like the powerful lightning strikes that struck our planet at a young age, helped create one of the essential materials for life, a lightning bolt that struck an inadvertently revealed American bamboo tree.
pig Sci-News, A a new phosphite material was formed by lightning was found in the city of New Port Richey, Florida – USA.
It’s a “fulguritis”also called “fossil clay”. “When lightning strikes a tree, the ground typically explodes and the surrounding grass dies, spooking and discharging electricity through nearby rocks, soil and sand, creating fossil lightning.” – said Professor Mathew Paskel of the University of South Florida, lead author of the study.
A “fossil lightning bolt” discovered in the United States
‘Fossil clay’ has been discovered in the US – (Photo: Sommunications Earth & Environment)
The fossil clay found in Florida contains a crystalline substance, is colored and is materials that have never been found before in a natural environment on Earth.
Scientists have only found this strange “crystal” in meteorites and in the universe, but cannot know exactly where this material came from.
An experiment to recreate the process of a strange material failed, but contributed to the claim that it could only be achieved by something powerful enough like a lightning from space. It is a form of phosphate, produced by lightning striking the Phosphide compounds (phosphorus) in the Earth’s natural environment.
This suggests that other phosphates, the main source of phosphorus on Earth and an extremely important element for the birth of life, could come from the continuous lightning strikes that hit our planet when it was still in its infancy, which has been confirmed in other studies.
Previously, what made phosphorus abundant on Earth was still a big question as this mineral in phosphate form was thought to be absent when the new planet was born.
ƝA research has just been published in a scientific journal Earth and Environment Communications.
Article source: MTN
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