Ionization in the Troposphere

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W. KOLHÖRSTER1 has recently expressed the opinion that G. A. Suckstorff's measurements2 have proved the existence in the troposphere of additional ionization caused by radioactive substances to be found in the temperature inversion layers. Suckstorff found in the higher layers of the troposphere enormous oscillations of ionization, amounting sometimes to 50 per cent of the measured value. The amplitudes of these oscillations increased with height; thus, Suckstorff formed the opinion that the oscillations were due to radioactive substances of extra-terrestrial origin present in the upper troposphere.

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ZIEMECKI, S. Ionization in the Troposphere. Nature 143, 979–980 (1939) doi:10.1038/143979b0

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