The Martian environment is electrostatically active, but lightning has not yet been detected. Mars is expected to have a global electric circuit, similar to its terrestrial analogue but with dust storms as the charge generator. Tests of these predictions are hindered by a lack of in situ electrical observations.
KeywordsDust Storm Dust Devil Fair Weather Atmospheric Electric Field Convective Vortex
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