Welcome to Operation Global Warming Rescue. You are starting a very important research mission. The research team you are going to be traveling with lives in a space lab, and is returning to planet Earth to research the problem of ozone depletion. The problem of the ozone depletion started getting serious around the year 2000. One thousand years later, planet Earth is now known as "Planet Fuego". As you may be aware, water is the most important greenhouse gas, and its presence in the atmosphere increases with rising temperatures. As the evaporation process on earth escalated, the temperature on both land and water increased, thus producing a greenhouse runaway affect. Consequently, ocean evaporation increased, leaving shallower saline areas. Deserts also expanded, and volcanic areas both on land and sea proliferated. A break in the runaway greenhouse effect was reached when the increased luminosity of the sun weakened the "cold trap". However, with the passing of time, most of the water vapor dissociated and temperatures cooled off again.
When viewing Planet Fuego's surface from the space lab, you can see a variation of colors. The colors you see are the light wavelengths that are reflecting off the minerals that are found on the planet's surface. Due to the planet's past extreme evaporation periods, many sunlight-reflecting salts and metal-type minerals have accumulated. These deposits affect the surface colors which range from reddish-orange, to dark rusted colors.
This scanner shows how Planet Fuego's ozone depletion problem got worse over time. From outer space you can see that the planet's ozone hole is growing and thus letting in more ultraviolet light.
As you can see, when you look around Planet Fuego from the space lab, the astronomical setting is much the same as it was when the planet was called Earth. Planet Fuego's nearest star is called Sol Estrella. The increase of this star's luminosity has affected the depletion of the ozone layer on Planet Fuego. Many of Planet Fuego's surface life forms, including many hairless kinds of species, survive under some kind of protection from the sun's ultraviolet light or have become extinct.
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