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Stephen D. Eckermann, James D. Doyle, P. Alex Reinecke, Carolyn A. Reynolds, Ronald B. Smith, David C. Fritts, and Andreas Dörnbrack

1. Introduction Gravity waves are ubiquitous features of the atmosphere. Although their major sources are tropospheric, some of these waves propagate into the stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere where, in response to density decreases with height, amplitudes increase, leading to progressively larger impacts. Growth of amplitudes with height, for example, leads to wave breaking and deposition of energy and momentum into the flow as dynamical heating and body forcing, respectively

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