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Temperature and composition of Saturn's polar hot spots and hexagon.

Abstract:

Saturn's poles exhibit an unexpected symmetry in hot, cyclonic polar vortices, despite huge seasonal differences in solar flux. The cores of both vortices are depleted in phosphine gas, probably resulting from subsidence of air into the troposphere. The warm cores are present throughout the upper troposphere and stratosphere at both poles. The thermal structure associated with the marked hexagonal polar jet at 77 degrees N has been observed for the first time. Both the warm cyclonic belt at 7...

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10.1126/science.1149514

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics
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University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics
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University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics
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Journal:
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Volume:
319
Issue:
5859
Pages:
79-81
Publication date:
2008-01-05
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EISSN:
1095-9203
ISSN:
0036-8075
URN:
uuid:dc076240-7010-4f22-829c-eab63bd860cb
Source identifiers:
28608
Local pid:
pubs:28608
Language:
English

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