Massive Mars dust storms triggered by heat imbalances, scientists find

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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 March“said Ellen Creecy in a statement. Creecy is a doctoral student at the University of Houston and lead author of the new research.