Pronunciation: (mez'u-pôz", mes'-, mē'zu-, -su-), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/mesopause.html on line 77 [key]
1. the boundary or transition zone between the mesosphere and the ionosphere. Cf. mesosphere (def. 1).
2. the top of the mesosphere, determined by the appearance of a temperature minimum near an altitude of 50 mi. (80 km). Cf. mesosphere (def. 2).
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