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This image shows some of the cratered terrain of Venus.
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Venus Cratered Terrain

This is an example of the craters of Venus.

Venus seems to have about 900 craters, which is about the same number of craters found on the surface of the Earth. Since we know that the Earth has an active surface, which wipes out craters before too much time goes by, this piece of evidence about Venus suggests that the surface of Venus may be active too.


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