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To: buckeye27
Then, and this is not criticism this is seeking answers, why then is the ozone hole in one location rather than all ov

That is a good question. The reason is that the ozone destroying reaction occurs not in the gas phase, but on the surfaces of ice crystals in the stratosphere, so called 'polar stratospheric clouds'. The stratosphere at lower latitudes does not have these clouds, and so has no surfaces on which the chlorine can absorb and enhance the reaction.

Catalysis on surfaces is as familiar as the catalytic converter in your car.

40 posted on 09/06/2005 9:11:25 AM PDT by Right Wing Professor
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To: Right Wing Professor

Thanks for the info.


45 posted on 09/06/2005 9:35:56 AM PDT by buckeye27 (You can't spell Liberal without Libel)
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