This drawing illustrates "eccentricity".
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Martian Orbit affects Climate
This drawing shows the large differences in distance from the sun possible for Mars. (The drawing exaggerates a little).
If conditions are just right, there are times when Mars can experience a great deal more warming by the sun than normal.
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