Ozone Depletion

Meaning, Term, and Glossary Definition - What is Ozone Depletion?

Destruction of the stratospheric ozone layer which shields the earth from ultraviolet radiation harmful to life. This destruction of ozone is caused by the breakdown of certain chlorine and/or bromine containing compounds (chlorofluorocarbons or halons), which break down when they reach the stratosphere and then catalytically destroy ozone molecules.

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Antarctic Ozone Hole   Depletion Curve   Ozone O3   Ozone Hole   Ozone Layer   
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