Astrobiologists Observe Dangerous Levels Of Solar Ultraviolet

An international research team led by the SETI Institute’s Nathalie Cabrol has measured the highest level of solar ultraviolet ever recorded on Earth.  The measures were made in the Andes mountains, where Cabrol studies environments that are analogs for Mars.

While there are many factors that could account for the high UV flux – which reached levels that are five times what you would experience at the beach – many of them point to a thinning of the ozone layer.  Given the danger of increased ultraviolet, it’s clear that more extensive monitoring is essential. 

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