Lava flows on Venus reveal a planet more active than previously thought

“Astronomers have found traces of lava flows on the surface of Venus, suggesting that the planet is still volcanically active,” begin Cosmos Magazine. The Australian scientific journal relays the study published on May 27 in Nature Astronomy for which researchers were able to analyze, with modern methods, old radar data collected in the 1990s by the Magellan mission.

Davide Sulcanese, a researcher at Gabriele d’Annunzio University in Italy, and his colleagues discovered two flows: “One that runs down the side of Sif Mons, a very large shield volcano, and another that winds through a western part of the Niobé plain, a flat expanse dotted with numerous volcanic peaks,” detailed The New York Times.

The video below shows Venus and these two lava flows.

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