What are the distinguishing characteristics of the mesosphere?

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Katie Share
Jan 22, 2015

The mesosphere is a layer of Earth's atmosphere.

The mesosphere:

  • is directly above the stratosphere and below the thermosphere.

  • extends from around 50-85 km above our planet (31-53 miles)

  • possess temperatures that decrease with height throughout the mesosphere

  • contains strong zonal winds (east-west), atmospheric tides, planetary waves, and gravity waves.

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