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To the radar the millions of bats emerging from their caves look like a huge storm that starts at a point on the ground—a cave—and spreads rapidly up and over the landscape.
"It didn't take long for word to get around among bat researchers that we could view bat colonies on the new radar," recalls Jim Ward, science and operations officer at New Braunfels. "We saw bats flying as high as 10,000 feet."
an estimated 100 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from a dozen major caves in south-central Texas. Perhaps another 50 million live in caves in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. These bat populations are maternity colonies, huge congregations of females
100 million free-tailed bats in south-central Texas must eat an incredible 1,000 tons—two million pounds—of insects in a single night.
During the first weeks of June each year up to seven billion corn earworm moths, plus a similar number of fall armyworm moths and other pests, emerge from the cornfields of the lower Rio Grande Valley. After dusk they ascend anywhere from hundreds to thousands of feet and ride the prevailing winds north to the Winter Garden. They can make the 250-mile flight in one night.
we later calculated that the density—from our vantage point in the balloon—translated to perhaps one moth per 30,000 cubic feet of airspace.
Numerous research related to physico-chemical transformations in atmosphere discuss specificity of the processes going under effect of the solar radiation, electric discharges and other factors
This work is focused on studies of the phenomena related to the high-temperature chemical processes happening in the intensive atmospheric fields.
the specific features of the physico-chemical transformations of the lightning storm air in a wide temperature range. In the lightning storm atmosphere nitrogen oxides, ozone and other "combustible" components start to accumulate reaching concentrations in excess of the normal levels (sometimes by several tent olds). Thus, nitrogen oxide is synthesized through -the following process:
where: the reaction heat effect relates to standard conditions. Having entered the low-temperature zone, is "tempered" [15,16] and can react with oxygen and ozone as in the below equations:
Under the lightning storm conditions the processes described by the cumulative equation of the below type become significant too:
The created dissociates in rain drops and fog particles in the following way:
It should be noted that , also a product of the cumulative process, is similarly unstable even at low temperatures and in the liquid phase decomposes into and . In addition, there are other known processes of the type:
increasing the liquid phase conductivity by several orders. The reactions of and decomposition in the gaseous phase under the appropriate conditions can generate some amounts of ions as well.
Considering the ionization potentials and the values of affinity to electron and proton of the particles identifiable in the atmosphere, one can state that at temperatures of 300-500K the atmospheric air contains and some other ions in relatively increased concentrations.
While some forms of plankton are capable of independent movement and can swim up to several hundreds of meters vertically in a single day (a behavior called diel vertical migration), their horizontal position is primarily determined by currents in the body of water they inhabit. Plankton abundance and distribution are strongly dependent on factors such as ambient nutrients concentrations, the physical state of the water column, and the abundance of other plankton.
Phytoplankton (from Greek phyton, or plant), autotrophic, prokaryotic or eukaryotic algae that live near the water surface where there is sufficient light to support photosynthesis.
All plankton ecosystems are driven by the input of solar energy (but see chemosynthesis), and this confines primary production to surface waters, and to geographical regions and seasons when light is abundant.
It has been suggested that large-scale "seeding" of the world's oceans with iron could generate blooms of phytoplankton large enough to draw down enough carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to offset its anthropogenic emissions
Blue Whales feed almost exclusively on krill, though they also take small numbers of copepods. The species of this zooplankton eaten by Blue Whales varies from ocean to ocean. In the North Atlantic, Meganyctiphanes norvegica, Thysanoessa raschii, Thysanoessa inermis and Thysanoessa longicaudata are the usual food; in the North Pacific, Euphausia pacifica, Thysanoessa inermis, Thysanoessa longipes, Thysanoessa spinifera, Nyctiphanes symplex and Nematoscelis megalops; and in the Antarctic, Euphausia superba, Euphausia crystallorophias and Euphausia valentin.
An adult Blue Whale can eat up to 40 million krill in a day. The whales always feed in the areas with the highest concentration of krill, sometimes eating up to 3,600 kg (8,000 lb) of krill in a single day. This daily calorie requirement of an adult Blue Whale is in the region of 1.5 million.  This means that they typically feed at depths of more than 100 m (330 ft) during the day and only surface-feed at night.
"As above, so below"
This phrase comes from the beginning of The Emerald Tablet and embraces the entire system of traditional and modern magic which was inscribed upon the tablet in cryptic wording by Hermes Trismegistus. The significance of this phrase is that it is believed to hold the key to all mysteries.
Dark plasma theory ( Jay Alfred, Our Invisible Bodies, 2006), observes that our visible Earth is gravitationally coupled to counterpart dark matter Earths composed of low density plasma. These "sister Earths" were co-accreted with the physical-dense Earth about 4.6 billion years ago from dark matter components in the embryonic Solar System and supplemented with dark matter carried to Earth by incoming meteors, comets, asteroids and dark matter particles raining down on Earth over the past 4.6 billion years. Plasma life forms evolved on these interpenetrating counterpart Earths, just like it did on the visible planet. These life forms were as varied in scale, structure and intelligence as carbon-based life forms - as different as a microbe from a whale; a mosquito from a tiger; a giraffe from a crocodile; an ant from a human being. Their degrees of intelligence and awareness were as different as a centipede's awareness to the awareness and intelligence of homo sapiens. The taxonomy of these plasma life forms is wide and varied.Some of these plasma life forms have interacted with us in the past (intentionally or unintentionally). The entities that we have loosely identified as ghosts, angels, demons, deities (for example the Marian apparitions in the atmosphere), aliens (associated with UFO sightings in the atmosphere), fairies and sightings of the recently deceased (on the surface of the Earth) are all exotic plasma life forms from interpenetrating counterpart Earths.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
I don't recall seeing video of pulsing ice crystals before, and that doesn't seem a likely explanation.
Originally posted by ArMaP
This is the video I talked about in my first post, it's from STS-80 and it shows what I think is the best candidate for a living creature in real (as far as I know) footage.
Originally posted by Extralien
If you look closely, it appears that they directly enter the Earths atmosphere and do not seem to be phased by the entry.
Now what would a space venturing creature use for food? Photosynthesis is one suggestion we have already considered in this thread, but what could a lightning storm provide?
Physicists generate ball-lightning in the lab
Scientists in the joint study group of Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik and Berlin’s Humboldt University have generated ball-lightning in the laboratory - or, to be more precise, ball-lightning-like plasma clouds. The physicists produce luminous plasma balls above a water surface which have lifetimes of almost half a second and diameters of 10 to 20 centimetres. Ball-lightning is described as a luminous phenomenon occurring during thunderstorms. It is a mystery, however, that they should be visible not as a brief flash, i.e. just for microseconds, but exist for several seconds, i.e. a hundred thousand times as long as a flash of lightning.
In Chernobyl they found some fungi that apparently live on radiation, using melanin to absorb the energy instead of chlorophyll, like in photosynthesis.
Originally posted by ArMaP
reply to post by Perturabo
As a person with little imagination, I can not see how a hypothetical space creature would move through space.
Originally posted by Exuberant1
Magnetic attraction and repulsion perhaps?
To do this, perhaps they also rely on energy gained from the 'tether effect' - from their motion through the Earth's magnetic field.
Maybe they mostly 'drift' - like a jellyfish.
Originally posted by ArMaP
And if that was the case then they would be attracted to the nearest planet and would remain there.