Lightning as source of environmentally important gases


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Laboratory tests conducted at the NASA-Langley Research Center have shown that an electrical discharge approximately equal to that of lightning can produce trace amounts of carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide.

Although the annual global rates of production owing to lightning appear to be several orders of magnitude below that owing to other sources, the level of nitrous oxide is twice as great and carbon monoxide is increased one hundred fold in the vicinity of the lightning bolt.