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protonosphere

region in the Earth's upper atmosphere where atomic hydrogen and protons (ionic hydrogen) are the dominant constituents; it can be considered the outermost extension of the ionosphere. In the lowest part of the Earth's atmosphere, called the homosphere (100 km [about 65 miles]), turbulence causes a continuous mixing of the atmospheric constituents, whereas in the heterosphere, above 100 km, the various constituents tend to separate out.

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