Lightning bolts strike around the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain near southern Osorno city in Chile in June 2011. Photo: Reuters
Lightning bolts strike around the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain near southern Osorno city in Chile in June 2011. Photo: Reuters
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Lightning may have sparked life on Earth, study finds

  • The arrival of rocks from space has long been tied to the production of phosphorus – vital for the emergence of life on our planet
  • But scientists are offering an alternative explanation: lightning strikes could have produced phosphorus-giving minerals billions of years ago

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Lightning bolts strike around the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain near southern Osorno city in Chile in June 2011. Photo: Reuters
Lightning bolts strike around the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain near southern Osorno city in Chile in June 2011. Photo: Reuters
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