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Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union

Volume

70

Issue

11

Publication Date

3-14-1989

First Page

161

DOI

10.1029/89EO00086

Abstract

The thermosphere is that region of neutral atmosphere in which atmospheric constituents are gravitationally bound to the Earth but are barometrically distributed according to their molecular or atomic weights. Unlike the lower atmosphere, mixing processes a reweak, which allows each constituent gas to behave independently. The thermosphere begins at about 100-km-altitude and extends up to 500 km or beyond. The temperature increases with height throughout the layer, which is a stabilizing influence.

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Published by American Geophysical Union in Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union. Publisher PDF available for download through link above.

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