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unless the pyramids were used as silos and storage
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
Having a large pyramid in the middle of your crop field would seem to be a bigger detriment to food production offsetting any gain made by whether it could attract lightening or not.
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An ancient obelisk which has been at the centre of a dispute between Italy and Ethiopia has been damaged in a lightning strike.
Our bodies need protein, and proteins contain nitrogen. The air we breathe has plenty of nitrogen to satisfy our needs. But—that nitrogen is not available to us directly from the air. The only way we can get nitrogen is from the plants we eat, or from the animals we eat that eat the plants.
Here’s The Problem…
A nitrogen molecule in the air consists of two atoms which are held together very tightly. In order for us to absorb nitrogen, the two atoms must be separated. But the two atoms are held together so tightly that our body chemistry does not have enough energy to process them.
This is where lightning comes in. Obviously we don’t have to be struck by lighting in order to satisfy our need for nitrogen!
However, in a thunderstorm there is enough electrical energy in lightning to separate the nitrogen atoms in the air. Once the atoms are separated they can fall to earth with rain water, and combine with minerals in the soil to form nitrates, a type of fertilizer.
The nitrogen-containing nitrates in the soil are absorbed by the plants, and when we eat the plants or the animals which eat the plants, we get the nitrogen in a form which our bodies can use.
So, in addition to providing a spectacular light show, and scaring us to death, lightning also helps fertilize the soil.
Pioneers would often collect the enriched soil where dead trees had been hit by lightning, and use that soil to help boost their own garden soils.
How To Harness The Power of Lightning In Your Vegetable Garden
Anyone that has watched Master Gardener Jerry Baker’s video, Year 'Round Vegetable Gardening, has seen this before. You can supercharge your garden by using methods to collect static electricity.
Drive wooden stakes around your vegetable plants, or attach them on each corner of a raised bed. Run bare copper wiring from the top of each stake to the next, forming a square around the perimeter of your plants. The copper wire will attract static electricity.
Use metal stakes on vegetables such as tomatoes. The metal stakes will help to attract static electricity. Also tie your plants to the stakes using hose stockings. The stockings will help collect static electricity, and make very good ties since they are elastic, soft and strong.
Is there anything good to be said about lightning? Yes. Lightning manufactures about 100 million tons of natural nitrogen fertilizer every year by forcibly combining the nitrogen and oxygen of the air with the water of the rain, which carries the fixed nitrogen down to enrich the soil.