Maat Mons


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Maat Mons

(maht) See Aphrodite Terra.
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The team analyzed images from 36 spacecraft passes over a region surrounding Maat Mons, a giant shield volcano that scientists think erupted 10 to 20 million years ago.
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The dark (unweathered) color of lava at the top of Maat Mons, the second-highest peak, suggests that it was deposited there within the past decade or so.
New images of Maat Mons, one of the largest volcanoes detected on Venus, suggested that the 8-kilometer-high structure had spewed lava within the past 10 years -- and might still be active.
He and other researchers agree that the dark regions indicate that Maat Mons is a youngster among Venusian volcanoes; unlike older structures, its lava hasn't had time to chemically mix with the thick atmosphere to form metal-rich minerals that reflect radar beams well.
If true, this would suggest that Maat Mons erupted within the past decade.
As a result, he has drastically revised his estimate: Maat Mons may ha e last erupted a few million years ago.
The five-mile-high Maat Mons volcano looms in the distance as seen by the Magellan spacecraft at Venus.

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