Lava may still flow on mysterious Venus


Hidden beneath a thick atmosphere, volcanoes may still be erupting on the surface of Venus, a new study finds. The study in the journal Geophysical Review Letters reveals that our nearest planetary neighbor could be far more active than previously thought. The European Space Agency’s Venus Express spacecraft used data from its Venus Monitoring Camera to look for bright spots on the surface, hidden by thick clouds, that signaled local lava flows. The rift zones with these hot spots are somewhat reminiscent of the East African rift zone on Earth, a researcher said, suggesting Venus’ current activity could hint at what Earth looked like before its tectonic plates were formed.



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