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Possible ozone depletions following nuclear explosions

Nature volume 257, pages 3839 (04 September 1975) | Download Citation

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HAMPSON1 has commented on the possible destruction of the Earth's ozone shield by nitric oxide generated during nuclear explosions in the atmosphere. He suggested that if such an ozone decrease were large enough and lasted long enough, it might have disastrous effects on the biosphere. Here, we assess quantitatively Hampson's suggestion.

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  1. NASA–Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, California 94035

    • R. C. WHITTEN
    •  & W. J. BORUCKI
  2. R & D Associates, Santa Monica, California 90403

    • R. P. TURCO

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