Antarctic ozone hole, 2013

Antarctic ozone hole, 2013

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Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Coloured satellite image of the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica. Blue indicates low ozone levels. Green, orange and yellow represent higher ozone levels. The ozone hole is a seasonal phenomenon that occurs during the Antarctic spring (August and September). Polar winds keep cold air trapped above the continent, and reactions between ice clouds, sunlight and man-made chlorine degrades the ozone layer of the atmosphere. Levels of ozone-damaging chemicals have fallen since the 1987 Montreal Protocol. Image taken by NASA's Aura satellite on 16th September 2013.

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