Located between the troposphere and the ionosphere.

Starts at approximately 12 km (on average ranging from 9 km in high latitudes to 16 km in the tropics) above the Earth and rises to approximately 50 km. The beneficial ozone layer resides in the stratosphere.

Response Time

The response time of the stratosphere for it to come into equilibrium is on a time scale of typically a few months.

See also: Ionosphere, Ozone Layer, Tropopause, Troposphere.

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Subjects: Meteorology Physics