Transcript for scene 43 of the video " Water Crisis: Healing the Colorado River - part 1" by Rolf Witzsche  

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Cosmic rays are not streams of energy

Cosmic rays are not streams of energy, like light rays, but are fast moving single protons and electrons of various energies. Since, unlike light rays, protons and electrons carry an electric charge, consequently their movement through the atmosphere has a strongly ionizing effect. It induces an electric charge into the air with its encounter with the atomic elements in the air.

As I said, most of the cosmic rays in the solar system come from the Sun. They outnumber the extra-solar or Galactic Cosmic rays typically 1000 to 1. This ratio is to be expected.

 

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