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Published:October 29th, 2013 14:39 EST
 NASA Discovers Antarctica Ozone Hole Surprisingly Smaller Than Past Years

NASA Discovers Antarctica Ozone Hole Surprisingly Smaller Than Past Years

By Ron G Anselm

Ozone " the word that makes the average person ask, What does this funny word mean? Is this the name of the area that quarterbacks in football throw those laser passes to their open wide receivers to score or tight ends hover in as a secondary receiver in case one of the wide receivers are covered they now become the go to boys to get thrown the ball and score a touchdown? Or, the area that the late great Walton Peyton used to mystify opposing head coaches as he so acrobatically dove over the defensive line on those many handoffs he took to score the many touchdowns he scored for DA-BEARS...

Nope, that`s end zone by the way and ozone is or should I say was that nice and comfy protective coating that kept those very powerful rays of sun from destroying anything in their path as they stream down from that big and yellow, bright star that gives us sunshine and warmth and looks nice on those beautiful springs days. Until now, people really haven`t heard about what the ozone layer really is that is until the onset of global warming and with that it`s become front page news.

With the way man has destroyed a lot of the ozone layer and the onset of global warming creeping at us like a cock roach looking for food in your dark kitchen, if we continue on this path we won`t have a protective ozone layer anymore and if that happens you might as-well stick your head between your hinny and kiss your sweet Dari-air goodbye. Hopefully it doesn`t ever come to that point or I will be relocating to the Red Planet known as Mars.

NASA recently made a discovery and found out that the ozone hole that forms each year in the atmosphere over the very cold region known as Antarctica was measured to be slightly smaller than previous years. Does this mean our ozone is healing or repairing itself? This could be but more than likely not.

A little history about this mysterious ozone hole that forms over the frozen tundra of the Antarctica terrain, It forms during what is known as the Antarctic spring which lasts from August through September, The recent measurement of this hole averaged was 8.1 million square miles. The normal average size of this hole since the mid-1990s averaged about 8.7 million square miles.

NASA is not commenting on whether the smaller hole in the Antarctic ozone is proof that either the holes in the ozone layer is healing or that the ozone layer in general is healing or starting to repair itself. Paul Newman who is an atmospheric scientist and ozone expert at NASA`s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland commented on this by saying, "There was a lot of Antarctic ozone depletion in 2013, but because of above average temperatures in the Antarctic lower stratosphere, the ozone hole was a bit below average compared to ozone holes observed since 1990" (Newman, P.)

The ozone hole forms when the sun begins rising again after several months of winter darkness. Polar-circling winds keep cold air trapped above the continent, and sunlight-sparked reactions involving ice clouds and chlorine from manmade chemicals begin eating away at the ozone. Most years, the conditions for ozone depletion ease before early December when the seasonal hole closes. (nasa.com)

The overall levels of ozone depleting chemicals have gradually declined over the years as a result of a 1987 Montreal Protocol which an International Treaty is set out to protect the ozone layer by banning ozone depleting chemicals. As a result of this treaty a lot of those harmful chemicals are now disappearing and the overall size of the hole has been stabilized for at least this year.

The destruction of our ozone layer and the onset of global warming is a serious problem that is now getting recognized and something is now being done about it with the stricter EPA regulations banning or limiting major companies from polluting our ecosystems and environment with their chemical wastes and over the past three decades stricter emission regulations monitoring amounts of toxins given out in the environment by your cars exhaust system have come to light.

The question is, is it too late for our protective ozone layer to be repaired? If you continue to do your part to keep it Green and help our environment then it will pay off in the long run and we can all eventually say we still have our beautiful planet to still call home.

                                                                        Reference

Antarctic Ozone Hole Slightly Smaller than Average This Year, (http://go.nasa.gov) Retrieved 2013.

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