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Variation of monthly smooth (a) Chapman-Ferraro magnetopause distance, LCF, (b) solar wind-magnetosphere energy coupling function, ε, (c) Alfven speed, VA and (d) solar wind plasma magnetosonic Mach number, M for SCs 22, 23, and 24. The vertical dashed-dotted lines indicate the start of SC 22, 23, and 24. The 13-month smooth variations of these parameters are shown by black solid line.

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