Early Spring Dust Storms at the North Pole
June 16, 2008
Early spring typically brings dust storms to northern polar Mars. As the north polar cap begins to thaw, the temperature difference between the cold frost region and recently thawed surface results in swirling winds. The choppy dust clouds of at least three dust storms are visible in this mosaic of images taken by the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft in 2002. The white polar cap is frozen carbon dioxide.
Topics: Weather, Environment, Disaster Accident, Mars, Astronomy, Planetary science, Mare Boreum quadrangle, Dust storm, Polar ice cap, Climate of Mars, Physical geography