Did you know that lightning strikes Earth during strong thunderstorms creates low frequency electromagnetic waves that devour the planet? Exactly these waves have a name. They are called Schumann Resonances in honor of the German physicist who first worked on these resonances in the mid-1950s.
Are Schumann resonances the origin of certain phenomena?
Schumann resonances are defined as a series of spectral peaks identified in the terrestrial magnetic field and particularly in the cavity formed by the earth’s surface and the ionosphere. These global resonances come from thunderstorms and lightning. They can have multiple frequencies ranging from 7.83 Hertz (Hz) to 14.3. 20.8; 27.3 and 33.8 Hz. At 7.83 Hz, these resonances are known as the “heartbeat of the earth”.
According to NASA, around 2,000 thunderstorms hit our planet at any given time. Schumann resonances are the source of waves that lie 96,560 meters above the lower part of the ionosphere in our atmosphere.
For information, the ionosphere is a layer of a planet’s atmosphere that is characterized by partial ionization of gases. The earth’s ionosphere is between 60 and 1000 km above sea level and covers part of the mesosphere, all of the thermosphere and part of the exosphere.
Could our brain activity be related to variations in these waves?
However, if these resonances can have an impact on our planet, scientists believe that so can humans. In fact, a 2006 study found that resonances appear to be associated with different types of brain waves. The authors claimed that there was “real-time consistency between changes in the Schumann spectrum and brain activity in the 6-16 Hz band”.
Researchers at Laurentian University of Canada’s Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory, who penned an article in 2016, reported that 238 measurements taken over a period of 3.5 years from 184 people showed “unexpected similarities in the spectral patterns and the strength of the electromagnetic fields generated by the human brain and the Earth Dionospheric Cavity “.
Stress caused by Schumann resonances during the impact of the gigantic asteroid Chicxulub in Mexico. Image Credit: Shutterstock / AuntSpray
Do Schumann’s resonances have something to do with the disappearance of dinosaurs?
In particular, scientists have linked 7.83 Hz resonances to hypnosis, meditation, and human growth hormones. However, the evidence so far presented by scientists is not strong enough.
In any case, some researchers argue that it is the stress caused by the Schumann resonances during the impact of the gigantic asteroid Chicxulub in Mexico that may have caused the dinosaurs’ disappearance. Regardless, the secret of Schumann’s resonances still fascinates scientists. Further studies could understand the extent of their impact on our planet.