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This is an image of a Venusian volcanic dome.
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Venus Domes

These domes may look a little bit like craters, but they are really flat-topped volcanoes.

Lassen Peak in California is an example of a similar lava dome on Earth.

Among the different kinds of domes on Venus are:


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Science, Evolution, and Creationism

How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable....more

More Venus Domes

This is a Venus dome viewed from the ground. The Magellan spacecraft made a view like this possible. ...more

Lassen Peak

Lassen Peak is an example of what is called a "volcanic dome". The most recent eruption began on May 30, 1914, with more than 150 explosions of various sizes occurring during the year. By mid-May 1915,...more

Venus Crowns

On Venus, domes can sometimes rise up and then collapse. Fallen domes are called "crowns". Crowns are part of the volcanic activity of Venus. Other kinds of domes on Venus are: pancakedomes (shown here)...more

Volcanic Activity of Venus

The Magellan mission to Venus confirmed that the surface of Venus is definitely volcanic. As shown in this picture, lava flows extend to hundreds of miles across the plains in the foreground. The surface...more

Alpha Regio

Alpha Regio is the home of Eve Mons, a volcano. ...more

Aphrodite Terra

Aphrodite Terra, the Greek name for the goddess Venus, is about the size of half the continent of Africa, and is to be found along Venus' equator. Aphrodite Terra is different from Ishtar Terra in that,...more

Beta Regio

Beta Regio is an example of a volcanic rise, and is more like an island than a continent. Volcanic rises such as Beta Regio sometimes contain deep troughs. The troughs may be evidence of a surface inmotion....more

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