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Arctic Vortex

Arctic Vortex - During winter, stratospheric winds (uppermost atmosphere) tend to form a vortex around the North Pole. These polar clouds lead to chemical reactions that affect the chemical form of chlorine in the stratosphere. In certain chemical forms, chlorine can deplete the ozone layer.


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Susan Twardy (HTSI): Lead Animator
Paul Newman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Michael Starobin (HTSI): Writer
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Keywords:
SVS >> Arctic Jetstream
SVS >> Atmosphere
SVS >> Byrne
SVS >> Earth Science
SVS >> Gonnelli
SVS >> Ozone
SVS >> Stratospheric Clouds
SVS >> Stratospheric Winds
NASA Science >> Earth