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An Overview of Venus Geology

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Science  12 Apr 1991:
Vol. 252, Issue 5003, pp. 249-252
DOI: 10.1126/science.252.5003.249

Abstract

The Magellan spacecraft is producing comprehensive image and altimetry data for the planet Venus. Initial geologic mapping of the planet reveals a surface dominated by volcanic plains and characterized by extensive volcanism and tectonic deformation. Geologic and geomorphologic units include plains terrains, tectonic terrains, and surficial material units. Understanding the origin of these units and the relation between them is an ongoing task of the Magellan team.