An explanation of the persistence of the Great Red Spot of Jupiter
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- Kyrala, A. The Moon and the Planets (1982) 26: 105. doi:10.1007/BF00941374
An argument is given basing the persistence of the Great Red Spot of Jupiter on compensation of the natural decay of vorticity by collision with a portion of the vortices shed by the South boundary of the South Tropical Zone. The latter are deviated northward by Coriolis acceleration. The GRS itself is regarded as a Rankine vortex with a central depression revealing the coloration of a layer below.