Snowflakes Help Answer Questions About Ozone
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Scientists have been studying the chemistry of snowflakes in order to understand ozone depletion better. Ice, with its thin layer of liquid, has a significant number of complex chemical reactions occur in this layer. These reactions cause the release of chemicals that reduce ground-level ozone. Flakes with more branches have larger surface areas which allows more reactions to occur. While the implications of this are not completely known, scientists are focused on discovering the role of ice & snow play in climate change.