What is Ozone?
TIP: During the summer, fill your gas tank during the cooler evening hours and be careful not to spill gasoline.
This helps reduce ozone in Albuquerque.
|The word "Ozone" is derived from the Greek word "Ozein," which means "to smell."|
|An ozone molecule is made up of three oxygen atoms.|
EPA says, "Ozone is Good Up High, but Bad Nearby"
The EPA explains more about good ozone vs. bad ozone.
Good Ozone vs. Bad Ozone
|The Ozone Layer resides 10-30 miles above the Earth, inside the Earth's Stratosphere. This layer of "Good" Ozone shields us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.|
|Ozone at ground level is a harmful air pollutant that can hurt your lungs and damage vegetation.|
Natural Ozone Formation
|Ozone forms naturally in the Earth's stratosphere.
Ground Level Ozone Formation
|Vehicles and factories emit pollutants such as Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) into the air.|
|On sunny, hot days, a photochemical reaction occurs. NOx and VOCs react with oxygen, forming ozone at ground level.
Ground level ozone is a harmful air pollutant that can hurt your lungs and damage vegetation.