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Alpha Regio

Alpha Regio and Ovda Regio are examples of what is known as a "Plateau Highland" of Venus. Among the volcanic features of Alpha Regio is Eve Mons.

Unlike volcanic rises, plateau highlands have few volcanoes, lava flows are relatively rare, small volcanic domes do not occur with the abundance seen in volcanic rises, and no shield volcanoes are to be found. They have steep margins, very similar to a terrestrial continental shelf, as compared to the gently increasing slope of the volcanic rises. They also contain the complex broken terrain called tessera. Tessera may provide evidence that the planet's surface is in motion.


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Volcanic rises are thought to be formed by plumes, in a similar fashion to island formation on Earth. On Venus, there are three types of volcanic rises: Rift-Dominated Rises These are rises that contain...more

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Venus Tessera

Tessera is a unique feature of Venus, and is also known as "complex ridged terrain". These features are found on some of the Venus Plateau Highlands. Tessera is created is by a shortening of the lithosphere....more

Exploratour - Volcanoes of the Solar System

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Ishtar Terra

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Alpha Regio

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