Stratospheric Inversion

This was considered in Section 1.8. It suppresses the vertical motions within turbulent air, creating the calmness desirable in air travel, for instance, since long-distance aircraft fly at about 10 km. Also, thunderstorms (Chapter 9) and weather systems (Chapter 13) are confined to the troposphere by the inversion, and its impermeability allows quite different chemical concentrations above and below. For instance, ozone is much more abundant above the tropopause at the bottom of the inversion.

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