inversion layer

noun
a layer of the atmosphere in which there is a temperature inversion, with the layer tending to prevent the air below it from rising, thus trapping any pollutants that are present.
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The atmosphere reacts in a similar manner forming waves of air on the edges of
  the inversion layer called turbulence.
Second, modifications were made in the strength and depth of the surface-based
  inversion layer.
The crystal type is sometimes indicative of a temperature inversion layer in
  the atmosphere.
As this warm air rises, it erodes and raises the base of the inversion layer.
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