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Lightning Bolts May have Jolted Life on Earth

Lightning was likely sufficient to seed ancient oceans for biochemical reactions, according to new results announced this week at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting.
Credit: Florent Chouffot


Michael Wong wants to understand how life could evolve on other worlds. A graduate student in planetary sciences at the California Institute of Technology, he usually focuses on planetary atmospheres. But recently, his quest took Wong to a strange, hostile setting: the bottom of an acidic ocean on Earth, 4 billion years ago.


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