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7-29-2009 @ 11:05AM
Been a long time since I did any chemistry, but this doesn't sound right at all.Electrolysis only occurs when there is a chemical reaction between the electrolyte and electrode, when lighting strikes, there is no electrode, no electrolysis. The damage from lightning is often from heat, generated when the current has to pass through resistance. If there is little resistance, or it is spread out over a large body, such as in a large body of water, the heat generated is pretty small.I think there are a few dangers to creatures swimming, The first is that in a very large body of water, swimmers may be the highest object on the surface and so your head is a likely target for a strike. Secondly, in saline waters your body may actually be more conductive than the water, so carry most of the current. Thirdly, the electrical shock to your brain or heart didn't kill you outright, you might be knocked unconscious and drown.Um, yes, so back to Azeroth. Maybe water elementals have a susceptibility to lightning because the current channels through to their vital organs more efficiently. /shrug
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