Scientists Scan North Pole Skies for ghanistan border. Conditions there are similar to, but Potential Ozone Hole bigger than, those in the vicinity of Yuma, Arizona, Scientists from the Airborne Arctic Stratospheric Ex- the driest place in the United States. pedition, a $10 million joint venture between the Na- Blowing dust blocks some solar radiation from tional Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reaching the ground, causing a redistribution of heat and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin- from the sun with a potential effect on climate. istration (NOAA), are using a DC-8 flying laboratory The scientists will study the dust flow generation to collect meteorological and chemical data that may and transport processes in arid sections of the Tadzhyk indicate possible ozone depletion in the Arctic strat- Soviet Socialist Republic, examine the dust's optical osphere. properties and its impact on the radiation budget of the atmosphere, and analyze the elemental and min- This study will be similar to the one conducted last eral composition pertinent to the dust's optical prop- year on Antarctic ozone depletion, a study which erties. directly implicated man-made chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a cause of the ozone hole over Antarctica Ten scientists from NOAA, Florida State
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Feb 1, 1989
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