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Powerful Earth Current Enters North America From The Pacific

An immense current of terrestrial electricity originating somewhere in the Pacific enters the North American continent along the Strait of Georgia (between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland) and shoots past Tacoma toward Oregon. The discoverers of the current, John R. Booker and Gerard Hensel, at the University of Washington, traced the flow of electricity through a narrow wedge of porous, water-bearing rock that parallels a fault line. Another branch of this terrestrial circuit enters along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. No estimates are given of the magnitude of the current; and there are no speculations as to the origin of the electromagnetic force driving the current.

(Anonymous; "Nature's Hidden Power Line," Science Digest, 90:18, October 1982.)

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Comment. In some areas, large artifi cial earth currents are created by high-power transmission lines.

Powerful Earth current

From Science Frontiers #24, NOV-DEC 1982. 1982-2000 William R. Corliss

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