On Mars, there are massive towers of dust that can reach heights of 50 miles during the global-scale dust storms, says the latest research on the matter.
This phenomenon is reportedly acting as a space elevator how Gizmodo calls it. But what’s important is the fact that it could hold the key to how the water on the Red Planet escaped during the ancient past.
Here on our home planet, the storms are a highly localized event, but it seems that on the Red Planet, things are far from being like this.
It’s been reported that once every ten years, Mars goes through an enormous dust storm that has a massive impact on the planet – it’s on a global scale.
Gizmodo details the following: “Known as planet-encircling dust events (PEDEs), these storms affect the planet’s weather for months at a time. Such a storm occurred in 2018—a massive global dust storm that enveloped the entire planet, casting it in a dull yellowish haze and putting an end to NASA’s Opportunity rover mission.”
The latest research papers are addressing this very issue.
This exciting research has been led by Nicholas Heavens from Hampton University and the Space Sciences Institute.
It analyzed a really strange meteorological phenomenon that usually takes place during these planet-wide storms: there are some massive towers of dust that rise up into the upper atmosphere.
The mind-blowing thing is that there are some columns that can reach heights of around 50 miles (70 kilometers).
Dust towers might have triggered water loss on Mars
The new papers offer new insights into these strange dust towers and the way in which they could have led to water loss on the Red Planet.
These dust towers are dense and more concentrated compared to usual clouds of dust that are usually found in the Martian atmosphere. They can also climb much higher, and they can last for about four weeks.
Gizmodo writes that “These dust towers could be acting as a transportation system for other materials and gases, including H2O vapor.”
This might be the explanation pointing out the fact that Mars lost all of its water.