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the lowest region of the ionosphere, in which the D layer develops.

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Origin of D region

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for D region

D region

D layer


noun

the lowest region of the ionosphere, extending from a height of about 60 kilometres to about 90 kilometres: contains a low concentration of free electrons and reflects low-frequency radio wavesSee also ionosphere
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Scientific definitions for D region

D region

The region of the atmosphere that lies in the upper mesosphere, extending from about 70 to 90 km (43 to 56 mi) above the Earth. The D region is responsible for the daytime absorption of high-frequency radio signals; at night, oxygen ions recombine with free electrons and form oxygen molecules that are transparent to such signals, which bounce off of the E region and back to Earth. Also called D layer Compare E region F region.
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