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Saturday, July 17, 2010

NASA indicates part of the Earth's atmosphere collapsed


NASA is reporting that part of the Earth's atmosphere, known as the "Thermosphere",
has apparently collapsed.


 "Miles above the surface of the earth, the Earth's atmosphere interacts with  space,
 a rarefied layer of gas called "the thermosphere" recently collapsed and now is rebounding
again."

"This is the biggest contraction of the thermosphere in at least 43 years," says John Emmert
 of the Naval Research Lab, lead author of a paper announcing the finding in the June 19th
 issue of the Geophysical Research Letters (GRL). "It's a Space Age record."    


"The thermosphere ranges in altitude from 90 km to 600+ km.. It is also where solar radiation
 makes first contact with our planet. The thermosphere intercepts extreme ultraviolet (EUV)
photons from the sun before they can reach the ground."
"According to some scientists, this phenomenon could be caused by the fact that quantities of
 CO2 gas have it acts as a coolant, shedding heat via infrared radiation.
It is widely-known that CO2 levels  have been increasing in Earth's atmosphere"

Source:
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/15jul_thermosphere/


The thermosphere is the biggest of all the layers of the earth's atmosphere directly above
 the mesosphere and directly below the exosphere. Within this layer, ultraviolet radiation
causes ionization. Named from the Greek θερμός (thermos) for heat, the thermosphere
 begins about 80 kilometres (50 mi) above the earth.[1] At these high altitudes, the residual
 atmospheric gases sort into strata according to molecular mass (see turbosphere).
Thermospheric temperatures increase with altitude due to absorption of highly energetic
  solar radiation by the small amount of residual oxygen still present.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermosphere

Source of image:
 http://www.boscobel.k12.wi.us/~schnrich/structure_of_the_atmosphere.htm

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