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An Overview of Motions in Saturn's Atmosphere

The most important motions in the atmosphere are winds. The major winds in Saturn's atmosphere are the zonal winds which are made of zones and belts.

Zones are high pressure systems and belts are low pressure systems. They flow in opposite directions around the entire planet. There are also smaller disturbances or storms within Saturn's zones and belts, similar to but much less powerful than Jupiters Great Red Spot.


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