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Martian Dust Storms

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The Mars Global Surveyor has observed more than 5,000 large dust storms during the past two Martian years. These tornados measure up to 1 kilometer in diameter and 8 kilometers high and are generated by strong day time heating of the Martian surface. This Martian circumstance has aided astronomers’ understanding of the many design features of Earth that protect life from a similar fate.

Matthew R. Balme, Patrick L. Whelley, and Ronald Greeley, “Mars: Dust Devil Track Survey in Argyre Planitia and Hellas Basin," Journal of Geophysical Research, 108 (E8), 5086, doi:10.1029/2003JE002096, 2003

Anthony D. Toigo, et al, “Numerical Simulation of Martian Dust Devils,” Journal of Geophysical Research, 108 (E6), 5047, doi:10.1029/2002JE002002, 2003

Ronald Greeley, et al, “Martian Dust Devils: Laboratory Simulations of Particle Threshold,” Journal of Geophysical Research, 108 (E5), 5041, doi:10.1029/2002JE001987, 2003

Conway B. Leovy. “The Devil Is in the Dust,” Nature, 424 (2003), pp. 1008-1009.

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