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Name: Leisa C.
Status: student
Age: 15
Location: N/A
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Date: 7/20/2004


Question:
How does the hole in the ozone layer affect the drought in Australia?


Replies:
Leisa,

The ozone depletion ("hole") over Antarctica probably has little if any affect on the climate of Australia. The ozone depletion primarily just allows more ultraviolet radiation to penetrate to the Earth's surface at Antarctica. When the depletion area breaks up, blobs of it do float over southern South America and more rarely Australia, but that should have little affect on climate and therefore the droughts in Australia.

David R. Cook
Atmospheric Research Section
Environmental Research Division
Argonne National Laboratory


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