What is the ozone hype anyway Essay

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what is the ozone hype anyway





What Is the Ozone Hype Anyway?
“The ozone is a pale bluish form of oxygen gas with an odor like chlorine, formed by
an electrical discharge in the air” (Webster 185).

The first time that I thought about this research narrative was the first time that I read
the syllabus for class. My immediate reaction was that I could not believe that we were
actually going to write a ten-page narrative. I was never expected to write a paper of
this length before and I was unsure if I were going to be able to do so. However, it
turned out that it was not that bad, although I did go through many frustrations along the
way.

First, I had to come up with a topic. I think that this was the hardest part. In our
class, we used one of our textbooks to help with this part of the process for our papers.
In exercise 1.1, Ballenger suggests that you make a list under a number of different
topics (23). Therefore, I made a list of at least twenty things under each topic that I
thought might be a possible topic for my paper. My list ranged from pets all the way to
relationships and back to health problems. However, after talking to my professor and my
friends, and taking Ballenger’s advice on how to eliminate topics, I decided to go
with the ozone layer (25). I had a few different reasons for making this choice. One of
them was that this was something that I did not know very much about. In addition, the
topic was something that I did want to know more about. Consequently, due to the fact
that I did not know much, I would not do my research with a bias and more importantly, I
would do the research well because I wanted to know more.

Next, I had to come up with a question that I wanted to know the answer to. Again,
Ballenger came with help. In exercise 2.1, Ballenger suggests that you make a list of
questions and then have peers add questions also. During this process, I went through so
many questions. Why was the ozone layer depleting? What could we do to help? How long
has this been going on? What was the start to the depletion? I could have mad a list
forever but I had to come up with that one main question that was the most important. I
thought that asking why it was happening and what caused it was the most important. By
answering this question, I would also be able to answer what we can do to help. I could
answer this by knowing what causes the depletion and then in turn, know what not to do.
Now, I could start to do my research.

First, I had to go to the library and use these “big red books” that are
behind the reference desk. At first, I thought that this was stupid. I wanted to know
why I had to find other topics to research that had to do with my research topic. Little
to my knowledge at that time, the other topics came in handy during my research. At the
time, I did not know that we would have to use a topic that was only related to our topic.
I am now thankful that I had done this step of the process; this is where I found the
topic that I would use later in the research process.

I went to the library to do the first annotated bibliography and I felt so overwhelmed at
what I had to do. I started to look up the ozone layer on the computer using many
different databases to find articles that met the requirements listed in our packet. In
addition, I looked up the ozone layer and its depletion in the online card catalog for
books that are available here at IUP. For both the databases and the card catalog, I went
through hundreds of key words. I looked up the ozone layer, depletion of the ozone layer,
environment and ozone, CFC’s, and many more. I felt as if this step felt as if it
was never going to end. I had to look through an endless amount of articles and books to
see if they offered me any good information. Luckily, there is an immense amount of
information on the ozone layer and I found good facts and statistics that would lead me in
the right direction for answering my question. I did all of this work at the library with
two of my classmates who were also doing the same thing. It made the entire process
easier doing this first annotated bibliography with two friends. It was at this time that
I found out how important that the ozone layer is. Miller and Miller say that the ozone
that is in our atmosphere is critical to the maintenance of life on earth (55). This made
me want to know even more about the ozone layer. If the ozone layer is critical to life,
my life, then I wanted to know exactly what was going on. It was also during this time
that I found an answer to one on my questions. I wanted to know how the ozone depletion
starts and I found that it start by CFC’s leaking into the ozone layer (EPA ).
Some of the CFC’s that contribute to ozone depletion come from the exhaust gas of
vehicles (Lemonick 63). It was here that I wanted to start to research a different topic.
I can not say that I was amazed that car exhaust depleted the ozone, but I can say that I
am amazed that with the technology that we have, we still have automobiles that emit these
chemicals. I thought that I could research new automobiles that do not give off these bad
chemicals, but I changed my mind and decided to stay with my original topic.

After doing the first annotated bibliography, things with the paper began to flow much
more easily. I had more and more questions rush into my mind as I read the articles and
books that I had chosen to use. I now thought that another very important question was
what happens to us, the people, by the depletion of the ozone layer. By the time, that
the interview came around was the time that I was the most frustrated. I wanted to
interview my Physical Science teacher and my father’s boss, Bill Neely. In do time,
Neely was able to give me some good facts that he knew about the depletion, but
unfortunately my science teacher had a death in his immediate family which caused some
extra stress. He was unable to get back to me on the questions that I had asked by the
time that I needed. This was the most stressful part of the paper. I did not know what
to do about the entire interview. I really wanted to know what my science teacher had to
offer me but I was unable to get that information. Mr. Neely is the boss at Economy
Heating and Cooling, which is located in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. In this business, the
workers are required to deal with a chemical that depletes the ozone. This chemical is
Freon. Schneider says that this is the most common CFC that there is and that it can eat
up many thousands of times its own weight on ozone (221). HVAC technicians have to
collect this chemical very carefully into a container so that none of it escapes in to the
environment. This chemical is used in air conditioners and refrigeration units. There
was a law passed that concluded that if a HVAC technician was seen letting this chemical
out into the atmosphere, they could be subject to a ten thousand dollar fine and also lose
their job doing heating and cooling forever. My father has always been very careful when
dealing with this substance. The workers at my fathers job have to go to seminars to
learn about how to properly deal wit the disposal of this chemical which gets into the
stratospheric atmosphere and destroy the ozone that is vital to our life on earth.

Before I knew it, it was time for me to start the second annotated bibliography. For this
one, I was not as overwhelmed about the bibliography but I was about the entire paper.
The week that this was due, I felt like I had so much to do in every class that I have. I
knew that I did not have as much time to do this annotated bibliography as I had to do the
first. I went to the library with a friend from class directly after another one of my
classes. This time, the only work that I did at the library was getting the two books
that I needed. I went to the online card catalog and found where the two books were that
I was going to use for this second annotated bibliography. Again, I searched for books
with the keyword ozone. The library does offer a significant amount of books to chose
from so I really did not have any trouble with this. I took the two new books home with
me and I read them in my room where I find it much more comfortable, at least compared to
the library. Reading the Miller and Miller book, I found that they said that the ozone
absorbs a large percentage of the UV rays that are emitted by the sun. They go on to say
that these rays can be harmful to humans, animals, and plants (55). If there is
scientific proof that we need the ozone layer to protect us, then why do we continue to do
things to destroy it? I took a break from my research until later that night; I looked on
Ebsco host for the rest of my sources. I was very glad that I was able to access this
from the comfort of my own home. I work much better when there is music in the background
and I can relax at my own desk. This time I used a few different keywords. I searched
for ozone and depletion again as I did last time but this time I also used CFC’s and
health hazards. I did find that this narrowed my search down and pointed me toward
information that could answer a few more of my questions. I was thankful for this. I was
able to type up my second annotated bibliography and then I was able to try to rethink my
question. At this point in my research paper, as I remember back, I thought that I only
wanted to research what the ozone depletion has to deal with our health but then I figured
that I would already be answering this question with the question that I was asking
before. I decided to stay with the same question.

It was around this point in my research that I became ill. It was very hard for me to
stay focused on the paper. I was making trips back to my hometown for doctor’s
appointments and medication. I felt as if I were never going to finish this paper without
some sort of miracle. I knew that I had to just keep my fingers typing on my computer and
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