Strange lines on Venus may be folded stacks of lava eroded by wind

surface of Venus

A computer-generated view of the surface of the Venus


Something is happening on Venus. The surface of our neighbouring planet, often considered dead and inactive, is covered in strange lines that denote some kind of active erosion.

These lines cover about 7 per cent of Venus’s surface and are called tesserae. They were spotted by the Russian Venera orbiters in the early 1980s and are characterised by long, parallel lines on hills and mountains that look like the ground has folded over itself.

Paul Byrne at North Carolina State University and his colleagues examined the few radar images …


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