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  • Frits Westra
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      Scientific Explanations of the "Naga Fireballs"

      [TATfireball03.jpg] While it is tempting to maintain the allure of the
      many intriguing accounts that surround the mythical origins of the
      "Naga Fireballs," scientific studies have provided ample evidence to
      verify the authenticity of this natural phenomenon.

      The appearance of the King of Naga fireballs involves the simultaneous
      interplay of several forces of nature. These include the presence of
      conditions that are conducive to the formation of Methane-Nitrogen gas
      with 19% level of purity, the presence of aerobic and anaerobic
      bacteria co-existing in a habitat at depths of 4.55 to 13.40 metres
      with organic deposits forming on a bed of clay or sand, average
      surrounding temperatures of higher than 26?C at 10.00, 13.00 and 16.00
      hours, and a PH value between 6.4 to 7.8.

      [TATfireball01.jpg] As the sun warms the surface of the clay or sand
      bed, organic matter decomposes within 3 to 6 hours and begins to emit
      methane gas. Pressure builds up and the gas rises to the surface of
      the water. Bubbles of gas exceeding 15cc dissipate leaving behind a
      12cc nucleas that floats upwards. The gas reacts with the oxygen in
      the air and instantly ignites. 95% of the balls of light seen are
      ruby-red with pinkish-red or crimson-burgundy hues. This explains why
      these balls of light are of uniform colour, do not emit flares, smoke
      or sound, and eventually dissolve into thin air without leaving a

      The frequency and intensity of the fireballs also vary according to
      several other factors such as the distance of the earth relative to
      the sun and moon, the intensity of "B" and "C" ultraviolet rays, and a
      extent of the depletion of the ozone layer in the stratosphere.

      Tracking studies have indicated that there is much greater likelihood
      of the phenomenon occurring in the months of March to May, and
      September and October, on days when the earth gravitates closest to
      the sun and moon, and the depletion of the ozone layer allows
      ultraviolet rays to easily penetrate the stratosphere.

      Based on these studies, the two absolute indicators for the formation
      of King of Naga fireballs are the presence of Methane-Nitrogen gases
      of 19% purity and a sufficient concentration of Ionized Atomic Oxygen
      to trigger a reaction called "heterogenous combustion" that results in
      the mystical glow of the fireballs.

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