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inversion




An atmospheric condition in which a property of the air, such as moisture content or temperature, increases with altitude. In a temperature inversion, the air temperature rises with altitude and a cap of hot air encloses the cooler air below. With little wind or turbulence to break up the condition, pollution can build up often a dangerous extent.


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