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Spectrometers there record the concentration of hydrogen chloride and chlorine nitrate, which together account for 95 percent of the total chlorine in the stratosphere.
Chlorine nitrate forms over the polar regions during winter, then drifts toward the equator, where according to Toumi it destroys ozone slowly over a wide area.
Chlorine in the stratosphere normally resides in the form of inactive compounds, such as chlorine nitrate, that do not destroy ozone.
Farmer's group measured the concentrations of the two "reservoir' species of chlorine: hydrochloric acid (HCl) and chlorine nitrate (CLONO2).
and her co-workers have proposed that during the polar night, hydrochloric acid (HCl) and chlorine nitrate (ClONO.