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EARTH SCIENCE > SUN-EARTH INTERACTIONS > SOLAR ENERGETIC PARTICLE PROPERTIES > PARTICLE SPEED
Definition:
The distance per unit time of particles propagating through the Earth's
atmosphere or through the interplanetary magnetic fields as a result of solar
events. For example, the solar wind has a 'fast' component or high speed stream
with a speed of about 10*5 M/sec. and a 'slow' component of about 5x10*4 m/sec.
Reference:
Jursa, A.S., ed. 1985. Handbook of Geophysics and the Space Enviornment, Air
Force Geophysics Laboratory, USAF. (Available from NTIS, Springfield, VA).
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