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Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

, Volume 61, Issue 3–4, pp 213–215 | Cite as

Possible solar recharging of the earth's electric field

  • D. R. McIntosh
  • J. Lindesay
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Summary

Some of the materials comprising the earth's surface such as Fe2O3, TiO2 and ZnO can be semiconducting, and with a shallow layer of water laying above to serve as the electrolyte, may constitute a rudimentary photo-electrochemical cell. We investigated the possiblity that holes created inside the semiconductor by sunlight could pull electrons from the atmosphere by inducing a lower redox potential in the water. The result, solar recharging of the earth's electric field, may be a non-negligible contributor to the entire recharging process.

Keywords

Atmosphere TiO2 Climate Change Waste Water Fe2O3 
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© Springer-Verlag 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. R. McIntosh
    • 1
  • J. Lindesay
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the Study of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial AtmospheresHoward UniversityWashington D.C.USA

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