History and Applications of Dust Devil Studies

Ralph D. Lorenz*, Matthew R. Balme, Zhaolin Gu, Henrik Kahanpää, Martina Klose, Michael V. Kurgansky, Manish R. Patel, Dennis Reiss, Angelo Pio Rossi, Aymeric Spiga, Tetsuya Takemi, Wei Wei

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Studies of dust devils, and their impact on society, are reviewed. Dust devils have been noted since antiquity, and have been documented in many countries, as well as on the planet Mars. As time-variable vortex entities, they have become a cultural motif. Three major stimuli of dust devil research are identified, nuclear testing, terrestrial climate studies, and perhaps most significantly, Mars research. Dust devils present an occasional safety hazard to light structures and have caused several deaths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-37
Number of pages33
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • Vortex
  • Dust
  • dust storm
  • Dust devils
  • Mars Science Laboratory

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