Electrical breakdown caused by dust motion in low-pressure atmospheres: considerations for Mars.

@article{Eden1973ElectricalBC,
  title={Electrical breakdown caused by dust motion in low-pressure atmospheres: considerations for Mars.},
  author={H F Eden and B Vonnegut},
  journal={Science},
  year={1973},
  volume={180 4089},
  pages={962-3}
}
Electrification of agitated dust can cause visible breakdown in a carbon dioxide atmosphere at low pressure in a laboratory experiment. Dust storms on earth become electrified, with accompanying breakdown phenomena. Martian dust storms may reduce the atmospheric conductivity by capturing fast ions on particles, and, by electrifying, may cause discharges in the relatively low pressure atmosphere.