Date: Tue Mar 24 08:59:12 2009 Back to Contents ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Author: Jerry DiMarco

Subject: Re: Power Lines and cows?


I don't think you need a special organ to sense an electric
field. We may not be able to detect the field itself, though I'm not sure
about this, but we have all felt our hair stand up in the presence of
one. When cattle graze, their mouths, which would be much more sensitive
to an electric field or discharge, are near the ground. Do we know what
they might feel under a transmission line? Don't forget, in the study
there were east-west transmission lines, under which the cattle were lined
up east-west. I'm still inclined to think if there is anything to this, it
will be due primarily to electric field effects...


At 3/18/2009 09:40 AM, you wrote:
>Fish have and organ, a line which runs down each side of their bodies,
>that allows them to sense electric fields. I don't think that this is
>present in ruminants.
>Did the study account for the fact that google selects only the best
>images for inclusion in their maps? I mean, do cows line up north- south
>only on clear calm days at high-noon? Wouldn't facing north- south at
>noon simply minimize their shadow? Or, rather, wouldn't it make the
>illumination of their hides more uniform and less hot?


Jerry DiMarco
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Montana State Univ., Physics Dept.
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From Tue Mar 24 08:59:12 2009