In light of the Fukushima Nuclear Reactors in Japan melting down, it inspired me to do some research about radiation (ionizing, gamma). This led me to
research the Chernobyl Incident. Workers who were sent to Chernobyl experienced the ionization of their bodies (free electrons bashing through their
body, leading to cell damage).
This got me thinking that if Gamma Radiation could ionize your body, it could probably ionize the atmosphere as well (over time). The atoms inside
your body largely react to electrons and protons the same as atoms outside your body, the only difference really is the density, which means that in
the air ionization would spread far and wide.
Wikipedia - Ionizing Radiation
Ionizing radiation (or ionising radiation) consists of particles or electromagnetic waves that are energetic enough to detach electrons from atoms or
molecules, thus ionizing them. Direct ionization from the effects of single particles or single photons produces free radicals, which are atoms or
molecules containing unpaired electrons, that tend to be especially chemically reactive due to their electronic structure. The degree and nature of
such ionization depends on the energy of the individual particles (including photons), not on their number (intensity). In the absence of heating or
multiple absorption of photons (a rare process), an intense flood of particles or particle-waves will not cause ionization if each particle or
particle-wave does not carry enough individual energy to be ionizing (e.g., a high-powered radio beam). Conversely, even very low-intensity radiation
will ionize, if the individual particles carry enough energy (e.g., a low-powered X-ray beam). Roughly speaking, particles or photons with energies
above a few electron volts (eV) are ionizing, no matter what their intensity.
Learning about ionizing radiation inspired me to look at weather, since I remember hearing the term "ionization" and "lightening" being put together,
but I wasn't sure, so I looked it up, and sure enough, ionization is part of a lightning storm.
Wikipedia - Lightning
The voltage involved for both is proportional to the length of the bolt. However, lightning leader development is not just a matter of the electrical
breakdown of air, which occurs at a voltage gradient of about 3 megavolts per metre (MV/m). The ambient electric fields required for lightning leader
propagation can be one or two orders of magnitude (10−2) less than the electrical breakdown strength. The potential ("voltage") gradient inside a
well-developed return-stroke channel is on the order of hundreds of volts per metre (V/m) due to intense channel ionization
]Wikipedia - Ionization
Applying only classical physics and the Bohr model of the atom makes both atomic and molecular ionization entirely deterministic; that is, every
problem will always have a definite and computable answer. According to classical physics, it is absolutely necessary that the energy of the electron
exceeds the energy difference of the potential barrier it is trying to pass. In concept, this idea should make sense: The same way a person cannot
jump over a one-meter wall without jumping at least one meter off the ground, an electron cannot get over a 13.6-eV potential barrier without at least
13.6 eV of energy.
Applying to positive ionization
According to these two principles, the energy required to release an electron is strictly greater than or equal to the potential difference between
the current bound atomic or molecular orbital and the highest possible orbital. If the energy absorbed exceeds this potential, then the electron is
emitted as a free electron. Otherwise, the electron briefly enters an excited state until the energy absorbed is radiated out and the electron
re-enters the lowest available state.
Due to the shape of the potential barrier, according to these principles, a free electron must have an energy greater than or equal to that of the
potential barrier in order to make it over. If a free electron has enough energy to do so, it will be bound to the lowest available energy state, and
the remaining energy will be radiated away. If the electron does not have enough energy to surpass the potential barrier, then it is forced away by
the electrostatic force, described by Coulombs Law, associated with the electric potential barrier.
Sequential ionization is a description of how the ionization of an atom or molecule takes place. For example, an ion with a +2 charge can be created
only from an ion with a +1 charge or a +3 charge. That is, the numerical charge of an atom or molecule must change sequentially, always moving from
one number to an adjacent, or sequential, number.
With all this research about Ionization it got me wondering about our current predicament as far as the planet goes. We are dealing with increased
natural disasters, storms, floods, earthquakes etc. but what if it's not the Sun, or CO2.
Maybe radiation causes a cumulative ionization effect on our atmosphere which causes it to become more unstable, thus leading to more turbulence in
the atmosphere over-time. I came up with this theory while reading another thread about a giant storm in the Pacific Ocean.
Maybe every single nuke we tested, and every reactor we set up was us shooting ourselves in the foot decades down the road. The Pole Shift could be
our own doing if we were to ionize the earth too much, thus messing with its magnetic field (which is also tied to ionization).
Maybe this is a wild crackpot theory but I have never heard it before so I wanted to hear what everybody thought about it. Thank You!
23-3-2011 by Section69 because: Punctuation and Grammar