Venus is Geologically Active!


Ancient mountains on Venus. (Credit: NASA/JPL)

Turns out that Venus is not such a lifeless world after all. Well, in terms of geologic activity that is. New research has revealed at least 37 geologically active locations across the planet’s surface. From ScienceDaily:

A new study identified 37 recently active volcanic structures on Venus. The study provides some of the best evidence yet that Venus is still a geologically active planet. A research paper on the work, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland and the Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, was published in the journal Nature Geoscience on July 20, 2020.

Much of what we’ve learned about the Venusian surface led many scientists to believe that the scars of geologic activity were from ancient activity, but this changes things significantly! We now know that one of our closest neighbors has active volcanism, which can be studied to open further windows into our understanding of how our increasingly dynamic solar system functions.

Perhaps we’ll get a chance in the near future to further explore the Venusian surface. There are scientists at NASA who desperately want to go back and they have quite a few unique ideas for exploring this beautiful alien world.

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