As we know, water is a material that conducts electricity. So if we put an electrical wire in any American beach, does that mean that people in other beaches will feel the electricity?

There are many reasons as to that this shouldn’t be happening There are a variety of reasons why this wouldn’t happen:

1.) It is true that water can conduct electricity, however water molecules also provide resistance to charge flow. Therefore, as electrons move through water, they lose energy whenever they collide with water molecules(or particles) and, after traveling over a long distance, the electrons have lost all energy. This means that electricity can’t be transported over long areas in the water. Also, in the ocean, resistance might be provided by salt molecules, sand particles molecules, etc.

2) The phenomenon you are referring to is called electrolysis(basically the process of conducting electricity through a liquid). In order for this to happen it is necessary for an anode(a conductor that is connected directly to the terminals of the positive end of batteries) is required to be located at the opposite beach. This is due to the fact that electricity travels through a potential change. Therefore, unless there’s an electrode in the beach opposite and the electrons don’t get into the ocean in the first place.

3.) In order for a potential gap that is maintained between cathode and anode, the voltage of electricity flowing through between the electrodes(cathode and the anode) must be extremely, very, extremely, very high.

 

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