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One of the possible explanations for this relationship is the Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling mechanism, which provides the physical links between the different geochemical, atmospheric and ionospheric variations and tectonic activity. Briefly, the primary process is the ionization of the air produced by an increased emanation of radon (and other gases) from the Earth’s crust in the vicinity of [an] active fault. The increased radon emanation launches the chain of physical processes,which leads to changes in the conductivity of the air and a latent heat release (increasing air temperature) due to water molecules attachment (condensation) to ions."
Got that? If not, here's a translation from the arXiv blog at MIT's Technology Review:
The thinking is that in the days before an earthquake, the great stresses in a fault as it is about to give cause the releases large amounts of radon.
The radioactivity from this gas ionises the air on a large scale and this has a number of knock on effects. Since water molecules are attracted to ions in the air, ionisation triggers the large scale condensation of water.
But the process of condensation also releases heat and it is this that causes infrared emissions. "Our first results show that on March 8th a rapid increase of emitted infrared radiation was observed from the satellite data," say Ouzounov and co.
These emissions go on to effect the ionosphere and its total electron content.
Not everyone buys that explanation of the lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere mechanism. Here's an alternative theory as reported today in California Watch:
Friedmann Freund, another NASA scientist and a researcher at San Jose State University, says the observed atmospheric changes have nothing to do with radon and other gases escaping from the earth.
"There is no evidence that links radon emanation closely with seismic or pre-seismic events," he said. "There is another much more powerful, much more general and observationally supported process which causes massive air ionization, when stresses build up deep below earthquakes."
He says the electromagnetic changes are caused by extreme pressure on the rocks themselves. His theory is simple: If you squeeze a block of granite rock hard enough, it’ll become electrically active.
In 2007, Freund and others set up a laboratory experiment in which they squeezed a rock really hard, while detecting the emissions around it. As soon as pressure was applied to the rock, the electrical field around it changed
Originally posted by Heliophant
Woah! Double Rainbow all the way!
I don't really think these are a "Harbinger of Changes Within the Earth". I would think it would have more to do with activity above the Earth, in the atmosphere. Or maybe beyond the Earth, from the sun. You know how sunlight does funny things with water vapor in the sky...
That said, I still feel as though there is 'something' coming... But i think it will be much more important that most anticipate, and less appreciated at the same time. Hard to explain. Just hunches.
Originally posted by westcoast
Not sure if you had a chance to read the quoted text or article, but that's actually what I'm suggesting. That the electromagnetic affects from energy being released in the earth is interacting with the ionization in the atmosphere.
I suppose I could have made my original thread much shorter and just condensed down to that one sentence.