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What is Termal?

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Perhaps you mean terminal velocity. This is the maximum velocity reached by an object falling to the ground when the acceleration due to gravity is matched by the drag resistance of the air through which it is falling.

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A thermal is an area of rising air in the low heights of the Earth's atmosphere. Thermals are created by uneven heating of the Earth's surface from solar radiation, and an example of convection. The Sun warms the ground, which in turn warms the air directly above it

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