Space Science Reviews

, Volume 203, Issue 1–4, pp 347–376 | Cite as

Particle Lifting Processes in Dust Devils

  • L. D. V. NeakraseEmail author
  • M. R. Balme
  • F. Esposito
  • T. Kelling
  • M. Klose
  • J. F. Kok
  • B. Marticorena
  • J. Merrison
  • M. Patel
  • G. Wurm


Particle lifting in dust devils on both Earth and Mars has been studied from many different perspectives, including how dust devils could influence the dust cycles of both planets. Here we review our current understanding of particle entrainment by dust devils by examining results from field observations on Earth and Mars, laboratory experiments (at terrestrial ambient and Mars-analog conditions), and analytical modeling. By combining insights obtained from these three methodologies, we provide a detailed overview on interactions between particle lifting processes due to mechanical, thermal, electrodynamical and pressure effects, and how these processes apply to dust devils on Earth and Mars. Experiments and observations have shown dust devils to be effective lifters of dust given the proper conditions on Earth and Mars. However, dust devil studies have yet to determine the individual roles of each of the component processes acting at any given time in dust devils.


Dust devils Mars Earth Particle lifting Aeolian processes 



This work was supported by grant National Science Foundation grant AGS-1358621 to J. K.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. D. V. Neakrase
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. R. Balme
    • 2
  • F. Esposito
    • 3
  • T. Kelling
    • 4
  • M. Klose
    • 10
    • 7
  • J. F. Kok
    • 6
  • B. Marticorena
    • 5
  • J. Merrison
    • 8
  • M. Patel
    • 2
    • 9
  • G. Wurm
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  2. 2.Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  3. 3.INAF—Osservatorio Astronomico di CapodimonteNapoliItaly
  4. 4.Faculty of PhysicsUniversity of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  5. 5.Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes AtmosphériquesUniversité ParisCréteilFrance
  6. 6.Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesUCLALos AngelesUSA
  7. 7.Institute for Geophysics and MeteorologyUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  8. 8.Institute of Physics and AstronomyAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  9. 9.Space PhysicsRutherford Appleton LaboratoryOxfordshireUK
  10. 10.USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental RangeLas CrucesUSA

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