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Tracking the martian climate

Like Earth, Mars has experienced long-term fluctuations in climatic conditions. The cause of certain fluctuations is now identified as variation in the planet's astronomical behaviour.

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Figure 1: Relief image of the north polar cap of Mars.

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Howard, A. Tracking the martian climate. Nature 419, 350–351 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1038/419350a

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