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Fresh Signs of Volcanic Stirrings Are Radiating From Venus

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Science  09 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5975, pp. 157
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5975.157-a

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In a paper published online this week in Science, researchers report new evidence that Venus is still reshaping its surface—as well as cooling its interior—through volcanic outpourings like Hawaii's or Iceland's. One contingent of planetary scientists has long held that most of the venusian surface renewed itself half a billion years ago in a single volcanic paroxysm and has been nearly dormant since, but the Science authors argue that Venus also resembles Earth in steadily resurfacing itself.