Our solar system is full of interesting worlds that humans have not yet fully explored,media BGR reported. Venus is closer to the sun than Earth, but not as close as Mercury, and its research has not been done as much as other planets in the solar system, so we don’t know much about it. And a new study recently revealed what many scientists want to know about Venus: whether there are active volcanoes on the planet.
The study, by the American Association for Space Research (USRA), is published in a new paper in the journal Science Advances. Scientists already know that Venus has a history of volcanic activity, but how far it extends and whether there are still active volcanoes on its surface remains a mystery to explore. That’s what scientists are doing now, and the results suggest that Venus may still have active volcanoes.
Using data from the Venus Express probe, scientists were able to analyze lava flows and determine how new flows will react when they are exposed to the planet’s surface. What the team found was that not only were lava flows on the Earth’s surface not particularly ancient, but some of them may be only a few years old.
“This active volcanic action is consistent with the explosive peak of sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere measured by the pioneer Venus Orbiter and the Venus Express probe, which may have been produced by the same eruption that formed the young lava flow,” the paper explains. “