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Atmospheric chemistry research. Fish-eye view of a laser (green line) being used in ozone research. Ozone, a form of oxygen, absorbs high-energy ultraviolet (UV) light, the component of sunlight that causes sunburn and skin cancer. The depletion of ozone in the Earth's atmosphere means that there are increasing levels of dangerous types of ultraviolet radiation reaching the Earth. Photographed in the atmospheric chemistry department at Max Planck Institute, Mainz, Germany. Photographed in 2000.
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