Atmospheric dynamo

The Atmospheric dynamo is a pattern of electrical currents that are set up in the Earth's ionosphere by multiple effects, mostly the Sun's solar wind, but also the tides of the Moon and Sun.[1][2] The currents flow in circuits between the poles and the equator, but they are not well understood.[3]

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  1. ^ Ratcliffe, J A (1972). An Introduction to Ionosphere and Magnetosphere. CUP Archive. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-521-08341-6.
  2. ^ White, Marvin L. (1957), "On the atmospheric dynamo theory", Journal of Geophysical Research, 62 (2): 329–330, Bibcode:1957JGR....62..329W, doi:10.1029/JZ062i002p00329
  3. ^ NASA – Sounding Rockets Study How Winds In Space Drive Currents in the Upper Atmosphere