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Offline Muchomank

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HI, I have looked for hours and hours for a graph/image/chart on how the ozone layer was looking at the same time the dinosaurs became extinct. Any help would be much apreciated.
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Re: Could the ozone layer be linked to dinosaur extinction?
« Reply #1 on: 20/04/2009 21:46:32 »
I very much doubt you will find one either
 

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Re: Could the ozone layer be linked to dinosaur extinction?
« Reply #2 on: 20/04/2009 22:13:06 »
I dont know of a single proxy for O3, so I think ukmicky is right.  You very likely will not find one, and if you do, I would consider it HIGHLY suspect until it is well researched.
 

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Re: Could the ozone layer be linked to dinosaur extinction?
« Reply #3 on: 21/04/2009 01:44:50 »
The title of this thread is actually quite deceiving.
 

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Re: Could the ozone layer be linked to dinosaur extinction?
« Reply #4 on: 21/04/2009 17:31:15 »
See:

The effect of paleoatmospheric ozone on surface temperature

Joel S. Levine and Robert E. Boughner

Atmospheric Environmental Sciences Division, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia 23665, USA

Abstract

Photochemical calculations indicate that the atmospheric O3 column was maximized when the atmospheric oxygen (O2) level was 10−1 of its present atmospheric level (PAL). For this O2 level, the O3 concentration maximum occurred about 10 km below its present peak. Coupled photochemical and radiative-convective calculations indicate that for this level and distribution, O3 may have increased the globally averaged paleosurface temperature by as much as 4.5K. A major deficiency in our understanding concerns the exact chronology for the evolution of O2; i.e., according to various scenarios, O2 may have reached 10−1 PAL as early as 2 billion years ago or as late as 400 million years ago.
 

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