Volcanic and Tectonic Constraints on the Evolution of Venus

Richard C. Ghail*, Suzanne E. Smrekar, Thomas Widemann, Paul K. Byrne, Anna J.P. Gülcher, Joseph G. O’Rourke, Madison E. Borrelli, Martha S. Gilmore, Robert R. Herrick, Mikhail A. Ivanov, Ana Catalina Plesa, Tobias Rolf, Leah Sabbeth, Joe W. Schools, J. Gregory Shellnutt


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1 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)


Surface geologic features form a detailed record of Venus’ evolution. Venus displays a profusion of volcanic and tectonics features, including both familiar and exotic forms. One challenge to assessing the role of these features in Venus’ evolution is that there are too few impact craters to permit age dates for specific features or regions. Similarly, without surface water, erosion is limited and cannot be used to evaluate age. These same observations indicate Venus has, on average, a very young surface (150–1000 Ma), with the most recent surface deformation and volcanism largely preserved on the surface except where covered by limited impact ejecta. In contrast, most geologic activity on Mars, the Moon, and Mercury occurred in the 1st billion years. Earth’s geologic processes are almost all a result of plate tectonics. Venus’ lacks such a network of connected, large scale plates, leaving the nature of Venus’ dominant geodynamic process up for debate. In this review article, we describe Venus’ key volcanic and tectonic features, models for their origin, and possible links to evolution. We also present current knowledge of the composition and thickness of the crust, lithospheric thickness, and heat flow given their critical role in shaping surface geology and interior evolution. Given Venus’ hot lithosphere, abundant activity and potential analogues of continents, roll-back subduction, and microplates, it may provide insights into early Earth, prior to the onset of true plate tectonics. We explore similarities and differences between Venus and the Proterozoic or Archean Earth. Finally, we describe the future measurements needed to advance our understanding of volcanism, tectonism, and the evolution of Venus.

期刊Space Science Reviews
出版狀態已發佈 - 2024 6月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 天文和天體物理學
  • 空間與行星科學


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