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A further drop in temperature of about 5°C may result in water ice crystals being formed. These are rather larger (10 mm). It is the heterogeneous reactions involving these cloud crystals, which dramatically alters the chemistry of the stratosphere. Basically these reactions convert chlorine from its inactive, reservoir forms (HCl, ClONO2) into forms, which are active ozone depletors (Cl, ClO). HCl is readily incorporated into ice crystals and can undergo reaction with ClONO2 HCl ϩ ClONO2 → Cl 2 ϩ HNO3 ice gas gas ice (7) H2 O ϩ ClONO2 → HOCl ϩ HNO3 (8) and The nitric acid is left in the ice phase.
1 The Ozone Layer. Although ozone occurs in the troposphere and plays an important role in air pollution chemistry, about 90% of the total ozone content of the atmosphere occurs in the stratosphere at altitudes between 15 and 50 km. The ozone layer acts as a filter for UV radiation from the sun, removing most of the radiation below 300 nm. This serves to protect humans from the adverse effects of UV, which become significant below 320 nm since decreasing wavelength corresponds to higher energy photons, which can cause sunburn and types of skin cancer.
Such peaks were extremely rare and 95% of the 3 min averages were below 10 mg mϪ3. The highest daily averages were around 100 mg mϪ3 and the highest monthly averages around 10 mg mϪ3. The overall annual average contribution of the power station to the ambient SO2 concentration was 2–3 mg mϪ3 in an area where the prevailing concentration from other sources was about 40 mg mϪ3. 3 Time Dependence of Average Concentrations. The above description of plumes is really a simplification since atmospheric turbulence is unpredictable making the dispersion process irregular.