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Ozone Template:IPAc-en, or trioxygen, is an inorganic molecule with the chemical formula Template:Chem. It is a pale blue gas with a distinctively pungent smell. It is an allotrope of oxygen that is much less stable than the diatomic allotrope Template:Chem, breaking down in the lower atmosphere to Template:Chem ( dioxygen). Ozone is formed from dioxygen by the action of ultraviolet light (UV) and electrical discharges within the Earth's atmosphere. It is present in very low concentrations throughout the latter, with its highest concentration high in the ozone layer of the stratosphere, which absorbs most of the Sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

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