atmospheric ionization

atmospheric ionization

[¦at·mə¦sfir·ik ‚ī·ə·nə′zā·shən]
(geophysics)
The process by which neutral atmospheric molecules or atoms are rendered electrically charged chiefly by collisions with high-energy particles.
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Automobiles, factories, refineries, sunspots, atmospheric ionization, livestock flatulence.
Cosmic rays form the main source of the atmospheric ionization in the troposphere and lower stratosphere, contributing significantly also to the ionization of higher atmospheric layers.

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