Depleting Ozone May Lead to Increased Ultraviolet Radiation on Earth

July 8, 2014 8:33 PM

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A team of US and German researchers has measured the highest level of ultraviolet radiation ever recorded on Earth's surface - in the Bolivian Andes - and their study indicates that depleting ozone may be what caused such harmful radiation levels.

Only 1,500 miles from the equator, the Bolivian Andes boasted levels far above those normally considered to be harmful to both terrestrial and aquatic life. Using the European Light Dosimeter Network (Eldonet), researchers came to the surprising realization that South America, of all places, demonst...

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