Massive Mars dust storms triggered by heat imbalances, scientists find

Mars’ planet-engulfing dust storms are being driven by a dramatic energy imbalance between seasons and even between day and night on the Red Planet, new research has found.

“One of the most interesting findings is that energy excess — more energy being absorbed than produced — could be one of the generating mechanisms of dust storms on Mars,” said Ellen Creecy in a statement† Creecy is a doctoral student at the University of Houston and lead author of the new research.

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