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Strange volcanic domes on Venus may be made from hot crystal mush


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Strange volcanic domes on Venus may be made from hot crystal mush

By Leah Crane The surface of Venus has puzzled scientists for yearsNASA/JPLVenus’s strange plateaus may sparkle. Our neighbouring world is sprinkled with domes several hundred metres high that appear different from the rest of its surface, and they may be made of shiny “crystal mush” that is squeezed up from underground. Most of Venus’s surface…

Strange volcanic domes on Venus may be made from hot crystal mush

By Leah Crane

Surface of Venus

The surface of Venus has puzzled scientists for years

NASA/JPL

Venus’s strange plateaus may sparkle. Our neighbouring world is sprinkled with domes several hundred metres high that appear different from the rest of its surface, and they may be made of shiny “crystal mush” that is squeezed up from underground.

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Most of Venus’s surface is flat, shaped by lava that has flooded the land over the planet’s history. But amid these relatively unremarkable lava flows sit domes with unexpectedly steep sides that have confused researchers for decades, because it seems unlikely that they were produced by the same dominant …

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