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Is Venus volcanically active?

Date: 02 December 2012
Satellite: Venus Express
Depicts: Artist's impression of an active volcano on Venus
Copyright: ESA/AOES Medialab

Artist's impression of an active volcano on Venus. Results from a long-term study of Venus find evidence of a clear injection of sulphur dioxide into its upper atmosphere. One possible interpretation is that a period of volcanic activity increased the sulphur dioxide component of the upper atmosphere, although an alternative is that a change atmospheric circulation dredged up the gas.

Last Update: 16 May 2014

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