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15 November 2021

Landslides from the 14 November 2021 M=6.3 earthquake near to Fin in Iran

Landslides from the 14 November 2021 M=6.3 earthquake near to Fin in Iran


16 April 2020

Dust devils may roam hydrocarbon dunes on Saturn’s moon Titan

Smoggy, with a chance of dust devils: conditions at the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan may spawn convective whirlwinds By Liza Lester Meteorological conditions on Saturn’s large moon Titan, the strange, distant world that may be the most Earth-like in the solar system, appear conducive to the formation of dust devils, according to new research in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters. If true, these dry whirlwinds may be primary movers …


22 April 2019

Microbes hitch a ride on high-flying dust

High-altitude dust may disperse bacterial and fungal pathogens for thousands of miles, seeding far-flung ecosystems and potentially impacting human health


16 April 2019

Dust toll in Africa exceeds deaths from HIV

New modeling indicates mineral dust from the Sahara is the biggest contributor to air pollution-related premature deaths on the African continent.


19 June 2018

Sol 2087: Slippery slope

Curiosity pulled away from the ‘Duluth’ site yesterday, but given the blocky nature of the ‘Blunts Point’ member and the sand in between those blocks, she did not get far.


18 June 2018

Sol 2086: Dusty Skies

The dust storm that is challenging Opportunity closed in on Gale Crater over the weekend with a substantial increase in dust levels. The storm is no threat to nuclear-powered Curiosity and provides an amazing chance for new science.


17 June 2018

Sols 2083-2085: 30 Sols and Done

The last time Curiosity drove anywhere was 30 martian days ago. A lot has happened in these past 30 sols.


27 July 2016

Landslides from the M=6.1 earthquake in the Atacama Desert on 25th July

On 25th July 2016 a M=6.1 earthquake in the Atacama Desert appears to have triggered large numbers of landslides in the hills near the town of El Salvador, 100 km from the epicentre


5 July 2016

Odd behavior of Jovian moon dust could inform future space missions, search for life

New research into the movements of dust around Jupiter’s four largest moons could help scientists searching for life in our solar system, according to a new study. This moon dust around Jupiter could give scientists clues about the composition of the surface of its satellites.


30 June 2016

Electric forces in desert air create mighty dust storms, study finds

Electric fields in dust storms have been discovered lifting 10 times more dust into the air than winds alone, according to new experiments conducted in the Sahara Desert. The discovery has big implications for global climate studies, as well as for understanding dust storms on Mars.


17 June 2016

Scientists shed light on electrostatic dust transport in reshaping airless planetary bodies

New laboratory experiments may bring closure to a long-standing issue of electrostatic dust transport, explaining a variety of unusual phenomena on the surfaces of airless planetary bodies, including observations of the moon from the Apollo era and the recent Rosetta mission to comet 67P.


6 July 2015

Smoke North and Saharan Dust South

Several NASA satellites have sensors that can look at different wavelengths in the visible to infrared to sense things like dust and smoke. The image below is made up of two wavelengths around 500-550 nanometers in the visible light spectrum. Dust and smoke show up very well in this range. The red to the south is dust from the Sahara desert and the red across Canada and and the dark …