Highest Levels of UV Radiation Ever Detected on Earth Recorded in South America

July 9, 2014 1:26 PM

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Scientists have recorded the highest level of ultraviolet radiation ever detected on Earth's surface. At levels far above those normally considered to be harmful to both terrestrial and aquatic life, the extraordinary UV fluxes were recorded in the Bolivian Andes only 1,500 miles from the equator.

"These record-setting levels were not measured in Antarctica, where ozone holes have been a recurring problem for decades," said Nathalie Cabrol, the team leader, in a news release. "This is in the tropics, in an area where there are small towns and villages."

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