Fundamental Issues in the Geology and Geophysics of Venus

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Science  12 Apr 1991:
Vol. 252, Issue 5003, pp. 252-260
DOI: 10.1126/science.252.5003.252


A number of important and currently unresolved issues in the global geology and geophysics of Venus will be addressable with the radar imaging, altimetry, and gravity measurements now forthcoming from the Magellan mission. Among these are the global volcanic flux and the rate of formation of new crust; the global heat flux and its regional variations; the relative importance of localized hot spots and linear centers of crustal spreading to crustal formation and tectonics; and the planform of mantle convection on Venus and the nature of the interactions among interior convective flow, near-surface deformation and magmatism.

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