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troposphere The layer of the atmosphere between the Earth's surface and the tropopause, within which the air temperature on average decreases with height at a rate of about 6.5°C/km, though variations that sometimes occur include inversions (temperature increase with height within some limited layer). Most of the atmospheric turbulence and weather features occur in this layer, which contains almost all the atmospheric water vapour and most of the aerosols in suspension in the atmosphere (although there is also an important aerosol layer at about 22 km). See also ATMOSPHERIC STRUCTURE.

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troposphere

troposphere The layer of the atmosphere between the Earth's surface and the tropopause, within which the air temperature on average decreases with height at a rate of about 6.5°C/km, though variations that sometimes occur include inversions (temperature increase with height within some limited layer). Most of the atmospheric turbulence and weather features occur in this layer, which contains almost all the atmospheric water vapour and most of the aerosols in suspension in the atmosphere (although there is also an important aerosol layer at about 22 km).

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trop·o·sphere / ˈträpəˌsfi(ə)r; ˈtrō-/ • n. the lowest region of the atmosphere, extending from the earth's surface to a height of about 6–10 km (the lower boundary of the stratosphere). DERIVATIVES: trop·o·spher·ic / ˌträpəˈsfi(ə)rik; -ˈsferik; ˌtrō-/ adj.

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troposphere

troposphere The lowest level of the earth's atmosphere, extending from the earth's surface to a height of about 10 km (its thickness varies from 7 km at the poles to 28 km at the equator). Within the troposphere temperature falls with increasing height, although temperature inversions can occur.

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troposphere

troposphere: see atmosphere.

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