Ozone (1 month)

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Ozone is a gas made out of oxygen. The oxygen that we breathe is two oxygen atoms joined together. Ozone is three oxygen atoms joined together.

Near the ground, human activity such as burning coal or gasoline creates ozone. High amounts of ozone at ground level harm plant life and damages peoples’ lungs.

High in Earth’s atmosphere (miles above the surface), ozone forms from natural processes. There, ozone is good for life on Earth because it shields us from ultraviolet sunlight that causes sunburns, skin cancer, and damage to the eyes.

So while humans want to limit ozone near the ground where we might breathe it, we want a healthy layer of ozone high in the atmosphere to help protect life on our planet.

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June 2024

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Related Websites

Ozone Watch

Ozone factsheet

The World We Avoided by Protecting the Ozone Layer


Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)

Further Reading

Reflections on a Possible Delay

Aura: A Mission Dedicated to the Health of Earth's Atmosphere

Aura Eyes Ozone Hole Over Antarctica

The Ozone Hole: Closing the Gap

New Map Shows Risk of Sunburn Across the U.S.

EO Kids- Ozone Hole

2019 Ozone Hole is the Smallest on Record

World of Change: Antarctic Ozone Hole


Imagery produced by the NASA Earth Observations team based on data provided by the OMI instrument team.

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