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Active volcanoes discovered on Venus


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 07:30 PM

Scientists have identified four bright spots on the surface that are believed to be volcanic in nature.

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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.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 07:43 PM

yup, under all that beauty, there is a issue waiting to erupt

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 07:53 PM

As hot as that planet is, a volcano almost seems like a cool spot...


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 08:04 PM

View PostSkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart, on 20 March 2014 - 07:43 PM, said:

yup, under all that beauty, there is a issue waiting to erupt
Venus beautiful?

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.

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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.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 04:02 AM

That's cool if these are volcanos awesome find


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 05:02 AM

Nice to know but no one is going there anyway. So why not look at something a little more human friendly!


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:47 AM

It's amazing how narrow the goldilocks zone of habitability is at about 0.95 to 0.99 AU from a sun.





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