Scientists have identified four bright spots on the surface that are believed to be volcanic in nature.
The enigmatic second planet from the Sun possesses a thick atmosphere and a surface that has been forged by rampant volcanism over the course of its history. While evidence of this activity can be found all over the planet, it hasn't been clear to what extent volcanism persists on Venus today.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Posted 20 March 2014 - 08:04 PM
SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart, on 20 March 2014 - 07:43 PM, said:
yup, under all that beauty, there is a issue waiting to erupt
The mythical goddess may have been. It may even be a pretty sight in the sky, but a planet where the surface temperature melts tin, the pressure is equivalent to that over half a mile down in the ocean, where the wind blow at 220 mph and where the clouds are made of sulphuric acid is not a conventional view of beauty.
The (long suspected) active volcanoes only add to Venus seeming more like Hell than Earth's twin planet.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001
Just because it is in a book doesn't mean it is real or even remotely true.
Posted 20 March 2014 - 09:57 PM
Strangely I am not surprised to hear of geological activity. Considering the immense pressure and heat on Venus plus the torque it is under being so much closer to the sun and all, I am surprised that volcanic activity wasn't considered a possibility sooner.