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The Ozone Layer The ozone layer is part of the atmosphere of the Earth The Earths atmosphere is a mixture of gases that surround it they are held around the Earth by the effect of gravity The atmosphere provides protection to life on Earth without it the changes in temperature during the day would be incredible changes would be in the region of 280C rather than only 10C As well as maintaining a temperature that can sustain life the atmosphere protects the planet from harmful radiation from the sun and provides the gases that we and other living things need to breathe and feed Like most natural things it depends on a healthy balance of chemicals so that it can maintain protection from the sun which it has always given before The ozone layer is a very important part of the Earth It protects the inhabitants of the Earth from harmful radiation that the sun emits By absorbing a particular form of ultra-violet light UV UVB the ozone layer protects humans animals and plants together with certain materials UVB can affect people and animals by causing skin cancer or cataracts in the eyes which cab cause blindness Apart from the health of inhabitants of the plant UVB can also affect the condition of the plant-life which can affect both the inhabitants of the planet and cause other problems such as an increase in global warming The oceans for example get rid of a great deal of Carbon-Dioxide CO2 releasing oxygen back into the environment this is due to the large amount of plankton that live near the upper layers of the ocean which exposed to sunlight An increase in the amount of UVB radiation on the surface of the sea could cause the death of this plankton which would decrease the ability of the ocean to absorb CO2 With less CO2 being sucked by the ocean more would be left in the atmosphere this
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