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plasmasphere Syllabification: plas·ma·sphere
Pronunciation: /ˈplazməˌsfir/

Definition of plasmasphere in English:


The roughly toroidal region surrounding and thought to rotate with the earth (or another planet) at latitudes away from the poles, containing a relatively dense plasma of low-energy electrons and protons.
Example sentences
  • This region is normally shielded by the Earth's plasmasphere, but during the particularly intense solar storms last year, this was eroded somewhat and the ‘safe-zone’ was flooded with ions.
  • The arm of the plasmasphere pointing toward the Sun, on the lower right, was hypothesized but never before seen directly.
  • The story of the plasmasphere discovery started out as anecdotal.

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