Truly infernal climate second in remotenessfrom the Sun, the planets of the solar system - Venus - can become even more unbearable due to the new discovery of scientists from the Space Research Association (USRA). According to their data, the lava flows on Venus can be quite “young” and count only a few years from its inception. This discovery suggests that Venus is a volcanically active place, which somewhat brings it closer to the Earth - hitherto the only planet with active eruptions. Why is the discovery of such a feature of the planet so important for modern science?
Active Volcanoes Discovered on Venus
According to an article published on phys.org, the planet Venus may be one of the most interesting places to study the solar system after the moon and Mars. Thus, the presence of volcanic activity on the planet may be of scientific interest due to the possibility of obtaining new information about the internal structure of space objects. According to Dr. Justin Filiberto, lead author of the study, it is thanks to Venus that humanity could study the process of cooling the terrestrial planets, as well as the mechanisms of active volcanism. The scientist believes that future missions will need to be able to see the discovered lava flows in the same way as the ongoing geological changes on the surface of Venus and other objects of the solar system, presenting concrete evidence of their activities.
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Despite what was done back in the early 1990syears, the radar image from NASA's Magellan spacecraft showed that Venus, the planet closest to Earth, is the world of volcanoes and giant lava flows, and the Venus Express orbital apparatus of the European Space Agency (ESA), launched in the 2000s, presented Earthlings Since there is a lot of new information about the volcanic processes occurring on Venus, the scientific world could not be sure of the age of the discovered lava flows due to extremely different earth conditions on the surface of the second planet from the Sun.
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Measuring the amount of emanating from the surfaceVenus infrared light, conducted by Dr. Filiberto, showed that the hot and extremely caustic Venusian atmosphere has a huge impact on the reactions of most minerals we know. So, olivine - the most common substance in basalt, quickly interacts with the planet’s atmosphere, being covered with some iron oxide materials - hematite and magnetite. Images obtained by space expeditions, in turn, show the presence of similar processes on Venus only a few years ago. So, experimentally, the scientist and his team managed to prove the very young age of the discovered lava flows, which indicates the presence of active volcanoes on the planet.