Magnetospheric Effects of Power Line Radiation

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Science  19 May 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4343, pp. 727-730
DOI: 10.1126/science.200.4343.727


Radiation from electrical power lines leaks into the magnetosphere and stimulates strong very-low-frequency wave activity out to many earth radii. Observations in Antarctica show that wave activity induced by power lines tends to occur during the daytime when power consumption is high in the source region in eastern Canada. The wave frequency ranges from 1 to 8 kilohertz. This man-made wave activity may have significant effects on energetic electrons trapped in the earth's radiation belts.