UV radiation

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  • Energy that is emitted in the form of electromagnetic waves with a wavelength of 1-380nm, which is composed of UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C light; UV-A light being the longest wavelength and having the smallest energy and UV-C light being the shortest wavelength and having the highest energy. All UV-C light and most UV-B light is filtered out of the atmosphere via the ozone layer. However, UV-A light travels to the surface of the earth.
    [Environmental Pollution; v88n2; 219; 1995.] [Photochemistry and Photobiology; v51n6; 757; 1990.]
    Source: Atmospheric Chemistry Glossary
  • Ultraviolet radiation. Invisible rays that are part of the energy that comes from the sun. UV radiation also comes from sun lamps and tanning beds. UV radiation can damage the skin and cause melanoma and other types of skin cancer. UV radiation that reaches the Earth's surface is made up of two types of rays, called UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are more likely than UVA rays to cause sunburn, but UVA rays pass deeper into the skin. Scientists have long thought that UVB radiation can cause melanoma and other types of skin cancer. They now think that UVA radiation also may add to skin damage that can lead to skin cancer and cause premature aging. For this reason, skin specialists recommend that people use sunscreens that reflect, absorb, or scatter both kinds of UV radiation.


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