A Mid-Summer's Dust Devil
March 19, 2003
The feature is a dust devil. Dust devils are spinning, columnar vortices of wind that move across the landscape, pick up dust, and look somewhat like miniature tornadoes. Dust devils are a common occurrence in dry and desert landscapes on Earth as well as Mars. When this dust devil was spied in Amazonis Planitia on April 10th, the MOC was looking straight down.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Environment, Weather, Storm, Mars, wind, Amazonis Planitia, Dust devil, Vortex, Tornado, Vortices