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The north–south martian divide

Some of the differences between the northern and southern hemispheres of Mars may stem from asymmetry in the planet's atmospheric circulation, and the resulting distribution of water and dust.

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Figure 1: Mars, north and south.


Figure 2: A cross-equator Hadley circulation during summer in the southern hemisphere on Mars.


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Gierasch, P. The north–south martian divide. Nature 416, 269–270 (2002).

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