The winds on Mars may never be as forceful as depicted in The Martian but they can certainly pick up dust and move it across the ground as seen in these video clips of Dust Devils: Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust – NASA JPL

On recent summer afternoons on Mars, navigation cameras aboard NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover observed several whirlwinds carrying Martian dust across Gale Crater. Dust devils result from sunshine warming the ground, prompting convective rising of air. All the dust devils were seen in a southward direction from the rover. Timing is accelerated and contrast has been modified to make frame-to-frame changes easier to see.

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