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EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ALTITUDE
Definition:
A measure of height, especially of great height, as a mountain top or
aircraft flight level. In meteorology, altitude is used almost exclusively
with respect to the height of an airborne object above the earth's
surface, above a constant pressure surface, or above mean sea level.
 
Reference:
Glossary of Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, 1998.
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