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Rare type of ozone hole formed over the Arctic

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The area of the ozone hole, which is observed by the European sentinel-5P satellite, launched into orbit by the Russian Rokot carrier rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2017, is about 1 million square kilometers.
Scientists from DLR attribute its appearance to unusual atmospheric conditions, including freezing temperatures in the stratosphere, which led to a sharp drop in ozone levels.
Ozone in the stratosphere protects life on Earth from the ultraviolet rays of sunlight. Over Antarctica, the ozone hole is formed annually in the fall and lasts 3-4 months. However, this phenomenon is now much larger than previously observed.


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