The seasonal ozone hole over Antarctica will remain active well into November


The seasonal ozone hole over Antarctica will persist well into November, according to satellite and weather balloon observations from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Ozone is a gas that in its natural zone in the stratosphere, acts like a “sunscreen” to life on Earth. In that region, ozone protects our planet from cancer-inducing ultraviolet radiation that also can damage plants and plankton. (Ozone also forms much closer to the ground as smog, when the sun’s rays generate photochemical reactions with pollution from vehicle and industrial emissions.)

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