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To: Right Wing Professor
There isn't that much ozone up there in the first place, and if you put a source of atomic chlorine into the stratosphere, in the presence of particles upon which it can react with ozone, it will destroy the ozone.

The highest reading of chlorine in the atmosphere is 0.5ppb. In other words there are 1,999,999,999 other molecules for each chlorine up there--how is that going to destroy the ozone?

15 posted on 09/06/2005 8:07:30 AM PDT by Cruising Speed
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To: Cruising Speed
The highest reading of chlorine in the atmosphere is 0.5ppb. In other words there are 1,999,999,999 other molecules for each chlorine up there--how is that going to destroy the ozone?

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozone_depletion#Ozone_destruction

Most importantly, the chlorine atoms so generated destroy ozone molecules in a catalytic cycle. In this cycle, a chlorine atom reacts with an ozone molecule, taking an oxygen atom with it (forming ClO) and leaving a normal oxygen molecule. A free oxygen atom then takes away the oxygen from the ClO, and the final result is an oxygen molecule and a chlorine atom, which then reinitiates the cycle. A single chlorine atom would keep on destroying ozone forever were it not for reactions that remove them from this cycle by forming reservoir species such as hydrochloric acid and chlorine nitrate

17 posted on 09/06/2005 8:10:53 AM PDT by bobdsmith
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To: Cruising Speed
The highest reading of chlorine in the atmosphere is 0.5ppb. In other words there are 1,999,999,999 other molecules for each chlorine up there--how is that going to destroy the ozone?

By that logic, eating a 1/10th gram of nerve gas should be safe. You can go first.

22 posted on 09/06/2005 8:15:33 AM PDT by blowfish
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To: Cruising Speed
The highest reading of chlorine in the atmosphere is 0.5ppb. In other words there are 1,999,999,999 other molecules for each chlorine up there--how is that going to destroy the ozone?

If you take 70 micrograms of LSD, and you weigh 70 kilograms, the LSD will be one part per billion by mass in your body, and even lower than 1 ppb by mole. If you do this, and I advicse against it, you will be higher than a kite and crazier than a loon. How could less than one molecule per billlion completely destroy your thought processes?

23 posted on 09/06/2005 8:20:35 AM PDT by Right Wing Professor
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To: Cruising Speed
The highest reading of chlorine in the atmosphere is 0.5ppb. In other words there are 1,999,999,999 other molecules for each chlorine up there--how is that going to destroy the ozone?

The reaction is catalytic. The concentration of ozone is not terribly high either. It is the high level of dilution that keeps the reaction running slow on human time scales.

36 posted on 09/06/2005 8:58:36 AM PDT by tortoise (All these moments lost in time, like tears in the rain.)
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To: Cruising Speed; Right Wing Professor
RWP: ...Problem is, to tell the b.s. from the legitimate science, you really do need to know some science, and most people, on both sides of the issue, are not willing to do the hard work to learn science.

CS: The highest reading of chlorine in the atmosphere is 0.5ppb. In other words there are 1,999,999,999 other molecules for each chlorine up there--how is that going to destroy the ozone?

Me: Sigh. I feel your pain RWP, I feel your pain.

88 posted on 09/07/2005 10:51:01 AM PDT by 70times7 (An open mind is a cesspool of thought)
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