earth current

earth current

[′ərth ‚kə·rənt]
(electricity)
Return, fault, leakage, or stray current passing through the earth from electrical equipment. Also known as ground current.
(geophysics)
A current flowing through the ground and due to natural causes, such as the earth's magnetic field or auroral activity. Also known as telluric current.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The laboratory test was performed using programmable power supply generating distorted earth current. In the first part of the test, current comprised the fundamental (50 Hz) and one harmonic was generated.
Ceddes, noticed in the case of a number of aurorae that the earth currents which accompanied the displays and seriously interfered with telephonic and telegraphic communication frequently began on the afternoon preceding the auroral display.
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The strike locations appear to be controlled more by geologically driven Earth currents than by topography, or by vegetation, or by infrastructure," he said.
Earth currents also occur in shallower stratigraphic layers from 5,000-30,000-foot depths.
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The researchers at DML propose it's because the Earth currents are eating away at pipelines and speeding up corrosion.
Also included are several appendices on: vector analysis-definitions and formulas, Bessel functions, parallel-slab equivalent of a slotted coaxial line, earth currents and distributed impedances, low temperature impedance effects, and a table of physical constants.