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Atmospheric chemistry

Sun, sea and ozone destruction

Halogens are known to decrease the levels of stratospheric ozone. The latest measurements show that something similar occurs in the lower atmosphere over tropical oceans — and probably above most other oceans, too.

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Figure 1: Halogen release and related ozone depletion above the oceans.

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von Glasow, R. Sun, sea and ozone destruction. Nature 453, 1195–1196 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/4531195a

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