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Resurfacing History and Volcanic Activity of Venus

Herrick, Robert and Bjonnes, Evan and Carter, Lynn and Gerya, Taras and Ghail, Richard C. and Gillmann, C. and Gilmore, Martha and Hensley, Scott and Ivanov, Mikhail and Izenberg, Noam R. and Mueller, N.T. and O'Rourke, Joseph and Rolf, Tobias and Smrekar, Suzanne and Weller, Matthew (2023) Resurfacing History and Volcanic Activity of Venus. Space Science Reviews, 219 (4), p. 29. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s11214-023-00966-y. ISSN 0038-6308.

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Photogeologic principles can be used to suggest possible sequences of events that result in the present planetary surface. The most common method of evaluating the absolute age of a planetary surface remotely is to count the number of impact craters that have occurred after the surface formed, with the assumption that the craters occur in a spatially random fashion over time. Using additional assumptions, craters that have been partially modified by later geologic activity can be used to assess the time frames for an interpreted sequence of events. The total number of craters on Venus is low and the spatial distribution taken by itself is nearly indistinguishable from random. The overall implication is that the Venusian surface is much closer to Earth in its youthfulness than the other, smaller inner solar system bodies. There are differing interpretations of the extent to which volcanism and tectonics have modified the craters and of the regional and global sequences of geologic events. Consequently, a spectrum of global resurfacing views has emerged. These range from a planet that has evolved to have limited current volcanism and tectonics concentrated in a few zones to a planet with Earth-like levels of activity occurring everywhere at similar rates but in different ways. Analyses of the geologic record have provided observations that are challenging to reconcile with either of the endmember views. The interpretation of a global evolution with time in the nature of geologic activity relies on assumptions that have been challenged, but there are other observations of areally extensive short-lived features such as canali that are challenging to reconcile with a view of different regions evolving independently. Future data, especially high-resolution imaging and topography, can provide the details to resolve some of the issues. These different global-evolution viewpoints must tie to assessments of present-day volcanic and tectonic activity levels that can be made with the data from upcoming missions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/197321/
Document Type:Article
Title:Resurfacing History and Volcanic Activity of Venus
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Herrick, RobertGeophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bjonnes, EvanDepartment of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Carter, LynnDepartment of Planetary Sciences, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gerya, TarasInstitute of Geophysics, ETH Zurich, NO H 9.2, Sonneggstrasse 5, 8092, Zürich, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ghail, Richard C.Department ofEarth Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gillmann, C.Équipe Études spatiales et planétologie, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, 4 Avenue de Neptune, 94107 Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hensley, ScottJet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ivanov, MikhailLaboratory of Comparative Planetology, Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russian Academy of Science, 119991 Kosygin street, Moscow, RussiaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Izenberg, Noam R.The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD 20723, USA.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mueller, N.T.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9229-8921UNSPECIFIED
O'Rourke, JosephArizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA;UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rolf, TobiasCentre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), University of Oslo, NorwayUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Smrekar, SuzanneJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Weller, MatthewThe Lunar and Planetary Institute, 3600 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX, 77058, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Space Science Reviews
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:p. 29
Keywords:Venus, Venus volcanism, Venus geology, Venus resurfacing history
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project VERITAS - VEM
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Deposited By: Müller, Nils
Deposited On:15 Sep 2023 13:30
Last Modified:15 Sep 2023 13:30

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