Venus Still Has Active Volcano Formations on It

At least 37 large volcano-like formations seem active.
Deniz Yildiran
Gula Mons, a 1.9-mile-high (3 km) volcano, on the surface of VenusGula Mons 3D/Wikimedia Commons

Buckle up everyone, the new coronae, no, not the one we got used to this year, is on its way to declare itself in an interplanetary platform. A new research conducted by the scholars at the University of Maryland and the Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland showed that Venus is still a geologically active planet. 

The results in detail were published in the journal Nature Geoscience on July 20, 2020. 


The science behind the formations called coronae is similar to that of the Hawaiian Islands, explain researchers from the University of Maryland. When plumes of hot material deep down the planet rise through the mantle and crust, doughnut-like structures come up to the surface. 

It's not that cold 

The coronae simply proved those who thought that Venus is all cold and inactive wrong. The interior of the planet is obviously 'churning' to feed many active volcanoes, states Laurent Montési, co-author of the research paper. 

At least 37 volcanoes that are considered active are most probably dormant, but not dead. 

It is always exciting to hear such earth-like discoveries about planets in our Solar System, considering the fact that life in others hasn't been found yet. 

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The 3D rendition above shows two coronae observed on the surface of Venus. The ring-like structures are formed when hot material from deep inside the planet rises through the mantle and erupts through the crust. Research by UMD's Laurent Montesi found that at least 37 coronae on Venus represent recent geologic activity, including the one named Aramaiti, seen on the left in this image. The black line represents a gap in data.
The 3D rendition above shows two coronae observed on the surface of Venus. The black line represents a gap in data, Source: Laurent Montési/University of Maryland

To get more information about active coronae, the researchers applied numeric data models of thermo-mechanic activity beneath the surface of Venus to generate 3D simulations of the structures.

The results succeeded in identifying textures existing only in the recently active corona. Later on, the researchers matched the textures to other tracked structures on the surface, which revealed that coronae across the planet are in different development stages. 

This is not the first time Venus decided to differ from others and continue to surprise us. While all the other planets, including Earth, in our Solar System spin counter-clockwise on their axis, Venus does the vice versa