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Venus, erupting?

Lava flow suggests recent volcanism

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4:56pm, October 22, 2010

Beneath its dreary shroud of clouds, Venus could be positively hopping: Planetary geologists have spotted a lava flow they say is just decades old. If confirmed, it would be the youngest evidence for volcanism on Venus.

“The flow we studied seems to be very young — it is still warm inside,” says Nataliya Bondarenko, a planetary scientist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She and her colleagues describe their findings in an upcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters.

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