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Lapse rate

Lapse rate is the rate at which Earth's atmospheric temperature decreases with an increase in altitude, or increases with the decrease in altitude. Lapse rate arises from the word lapse, in the sense of a gradual change.

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Varies wit temperature and moisture content (3-9 C km-1). Always cools more slowly than Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate (DALR).

Contributed by George U Anyiwo

Lapse rate of surrounding air. Observed temp distribution with height at a given time and place. It is variable in both time and space.

Contributed by George U Anyiwo

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