Evidence for Highly Reflecting Materials on the Surface and Subsurface of Vensus

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Science  20 May 1988:
Vol. 240, Issue 4855, pp. 1021-1023
DOI: 10.1126/science.240.4855.1021


Radar images at a 12.5-centimeter wavelength made with the Goldstone radar interferometer in 1980 and 1986, together with lunar radar images and recent Venera 15 and 16 data, indicate that material on the surface and subsurface of Venus has a Fresnel reflectivity in excess of 50 percent. Such high reflectivities have been reported on the surface in mountainous regions. Material of high reflectivity may also underlie lower reflectivity surficial materials of the plains regions, where it has been excavated by impact cratering in some areas.