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Lowland Plains on Venus

Dr. Jim Zimbelman

Planet Venus


The surface of Venus is hidden beneath a perpetual blanket of clouds, but radar allows scientists to examine the rocky surface of the planet. The geologic history of the planet is being documented through analysis of regional radar maps. The lowlands of Venus are dominated by volcanic lava flows, which have many features similar to ones found on volcanoes on Earth or Mars.

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