There is a new hole that has opened up in the ozone layer, somewhere we did not expect it to be. As the depletion of ozone continues, this time the Arctic Circle in the North Pole has seen a drastic change in the atmosphere. Something that is so terrifying about this whole is that this is something that happens in the South Pole annually. Is there a chance that it can form anywhere else as well? According to scientists, this new hole is larger than the size of Greenland, three times bigger.
Ozone Layer Depletion In The Arctic
According to the scientists in the European Space Agency, this week they recorded a rare hole in the Arctic Circle, the largest of its kind. The size of the hole is three times the area of Greenland. Martin Dameris, an atmospheric scientist at German Aerospace Center, tells:
“From my point of view, this is the first time you can speak about a real ozone hole in the Arctic.”
The depletion of the ozone layer is an annual occurrence in the South Pole. Basically, the layer acts as a protective barrier between the sun’s harmful rays and the Earth’s surface. However, the human consumption of products containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has severely destroyed the layer, creating a hole back in the 1980s.
The cause of the hole is due to the high-altitude clouds that carry chemicals from manmade products. However, the hole’s formation in the North Pole is still unexplainable. Scientists predict that we are getting a polar vortex this year, because of the powerful winds that cause colder air above the Arctic than in any winter in the past. Colder air means, clouds will rise higher, causing more damage to the ozone layer. Check out the following video simulation created by the European agency:
What is the world coming to?