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Some aspects of metallic ion chemistry and dynamics in the mesosphere and thermosphereThe relationship between the formation of sporadic layers of metallic ion and the dumping of these ions into the upper mesosphere is discussed in terms of the tidal wind, classical (i.e., windshear) and other more complex, perhaps highly nonlinear layer formation mechanisms, and a possible circulation mechanism for these ions. Optical, incoherent scatter radar, rocket, and satellite derived evidence for various layer formation mechanisms and for the metallic ion circulation system is reviewed. The results of simple one dimensional numerical model calculations of sporadic E and intermediate layer formation are presented along with suggestions for more advanced models of intense or blanketing sporadic E. The flux of metallic ions dumped by the tidal wind system into the mesosphere is estimated and compared with estimates of total particle flux of meteoric origin. Possible effects of the metallic ion flux and of meteoric dust on D region ion chemistry are discussed.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Mathews, J. D. (Case Western Reserve Univ. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1987
Publication Information
Publication: International Council of Scientific Unions, Middle Atmosphere Program. Handbook for MAP, Volume 25
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