Scientists discover an active volcano on Venus
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A recent study by scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks has discovered an active volcano on Venus. Scientists have made the discovery based on archival data collected by the Mage probe .llan 30 years ago, Science reports.
Scientists have discovered the eruption of Mount Maat – the largest volcano on Venus. Research shows that the volcanic caldera has grown from a rounded shape with an area of about 2.2 square kilometers to an irregular shape with an area of more than 3.9 square kilometers in eight months.
Previously it was thought that only Two bodies in the solar system have volcanism: Earth and Jupiter's moon Io. Venus was thought to be a dead planet, but the latest discovery casts doubt on that fact.
Venus is known for its thick and turbulent atmosphere that heats up to extreme temperatures and contains sulfuric acid. This makes the surface of the planet absolutely unsuitable for life.
However, scientists note that the planet can still be “alive”, despite the absence of moving tectonic plates in its crust. – due to the slow decay of radioactive elements, it can be the cause of prolonged volcanic activity.
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