the portion of the atmosphere above the troposphere.
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Origin of upper atmosphere
First recorded in 1890–95
Words nearby upper atmosphere
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British Dictionary definitions for upper atmosphere
meteorol that part of the atmosphere above the troposphere
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Scientific definitions for upper atmosphere
The part of the atmosphere above the troposphere. The upper atmosphere includes the mesosphere, the ionosphere, the thermosphere, and the exosphere. Temperatures in the upper atmosphere decrease with increasing altitude except in the thermosphere, where temperatures increase significantly with altitude, because the few molecules present receive intense solar radiation.
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