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Udit SIngh Asks:


“Does earth get charged? if it’s then where these
charge goes.”

Answer: The net charge of earth as a whole (including the atmosphere) is approximately zero. But the surface of earth(the solid part) has a net negative charge and the air blanket surrounding it has almost equal amount of positive charge. Due to this there exists an average electric field of 100 V/m near Earth’s surface.

The charge on earth is distributed on its surface only.

Please refer to the following links for further information.

There are some associated questions expected in relation to these. I hope that the readers will ask those in response to this post as comments so that the discussion can go on.


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