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When Lightning Strikes [electronic resource]

National Geographic Television & Film
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Although as many as 300 people are killed by lightning annually, some 700 victims actually survive the experience every year. This program gathers insight and information from a convention of lightning-strike survivors and goes on assignment with photographer Warren Faidley, who actually goes looking for electrical storms. Faidley acknowledges the danger of trying to capture his stunning, split-second images: each bolt of lightning can generate up to 200,000 amps of electricity and is more than five times hotter than the surface of the sun. Still, he knows of no better way to record the power and beauty of one of nature's most destructive forces.
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18 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Jan. 13, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Tragedy by Lightning (2:50)
  • Nature's Electricity (0:53)
  • Struck by Lightning (2:09)
  • When Lightning Strikes (3:09)
  • Lightning: Creative Force (2:04)
  • Storm Chaser Photographer (2:24)
  • Lightning: Power, Beauty, and Danger (2:33)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c1992.
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40859 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (18 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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