The Dust Devils of Mars Could Pack a Seismic Punch

Could the seismic fingerprint of dust devils detected on Earth be used to decipher the tiny tornadoes racing across the Martian surface?

Published On 11/11/2015
3:29 PM EST
NASA's Spirit rover took this series of images of a dust devil spinning across Gusev Crater on May 15, 2005. The dust devil is about 34 meters (112 feet) in diameter. | NASA/JPL-Caltech
Side by side comparison of the same region (nearly four years apart) of Nili Fossae as imaged by the HiRISE camera. The dark lines are dust devil tracks. | NASA/JPL-CALTECH/UNIV. OF ARIZ. (EDIT BY DISCOVERY NEWS/IAN O'NEILL)
This "etch-a-sketch" appearance indicates the presence of dust devil activity in the Thyles Rupes region of Mars. | NASA/JPL-CALTECH/UNIV. OF ARIZ.