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Originally posted by Optix
Creatures of Mars come up to watch the Earthlings blow up their own Planet.
Dust devils form when hot air near the surface rises quickly through a small pocket of cooler low pressure air above it. If conditions are just right, the air may begin to rotate. As the air rises suddenly, the column of hot air is stretched vertically causing intensification of the spinning effect by the scientific principle conservation of angular momentum. The secondary flow in the dust devil causes other hot air to speed horizontally inward to the bottom of the newly-forming vortex. As more hot air rushes in toward the developing vortex to replace the air that is rising, the spinning effect becomes further intensified and self-sustaining. A dust devil, fully formed, is a funnel-like chimney through which hot air moves, both upwards and in a circle. As the hot air rises it cools, loses its buoyancy and eventually ceases to rise. As it rises it displaces air which descends outside the core of the vortex. This cool air returning acts as a balance against the spinning hot air outer wall and keeps the system stable.
Originally posted by dave420
What's going on? It's simple. People want there to be life on Mars, so they read into pictures and "see" things they want to, not things that actually make any sense. The logical explanations are instantly discarded and replaced with fanciful, baseless assertions that fit into the "ancient civilisation" notions. Without any evidence.