Warm lava on a hot planet

Volcanoes on Venus might be active

By Stephen Ornes, 18:33 PM November 8, 2010




Scientists know of more than 1,000 volcanoes on the surface of Venus, Earth’s “sister” planet. A big question has been: Are they still active?


The scientists behind a new study say yes.


Their evidence for recent volcanic activity on Venus comes from a lava flow in the planet’s northern hemisphere. The flow is hotter than the rocks around it, which means the lava might still be cooling off.





“The flow we studied seems to be very young — it is still warm inside,” Nataliya Bondarenko told S...

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