atmospheric shell

atmospheric shell

[¦at·mə¦sfir·ik ′shel]
(meteorology)
Any one of a number of strata or layers of the earth's atmosphere; temperature distribution is the most common criterion used for denoting the various shells. Also known as atmospheric layer; atmospheric region.
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It was nearly ruined by fire in 1822 and spent almost 50 years without a roof on it, so what remains to day is a romantic, atmospheric shell of a hall that poses so many options for the future.
First, the planet's entire surface emits infrared radiation, in contrast to the thin atmospheric shell superposed on the star during transits.

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