Venus is tectonically active, scientists say

Violent volcanic eruptions are happening not on the Earth surface but billions of kilometer away on the Venus.  The latest data predicts that there is lava all over the place. The best evidence for the volcanic activity on planet has been found. The volcanoes on the Venus were no secret in the past but now hotspots of activity have been spotted. 

The scientists were observing some spots located in the northern hemisphere and the rapid increase and fall in the temperature has been observed. The study began back in 2008 is pointing towards a lava flow. All data was exclusively collected by the Venus Express Probe. The probe was launched by the European Space Agency which managed to reach on planet in 2006.

 The data from 2010 said that there are still volcanic activities going on there. Infrared inputs were carefully observed to reach to conclusion. There was no visual data because planet is entirely covered by thick and unstable atmospheric layers. The South Pole has one dark region which points out that there is cooled lava deposited around 2.5 million years ago. 

Sulphur dioxide traces were detected in the Venus’s atmosphere in 2012 based on data from 2006-7. These sulphur traces reduced afterwards which may indicate wind shift. Venus Monitoring Camera has captured some stunning images of the area called Ganiki Chasma. Atmospheric Physicist Dr Colin Wilson from the Oxford University said that this research gives solid proof than Venus is the tectonically active planet and more study will be conducted now. He is science operations coordinator for Venus Express. 

 

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