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Venus Global Geography

This is a map of the surface of Venus (turned sideways!). Lowlands in the map are similar to an ocean bottom, and highlands resemble continents.

As can be seen in the image, the surface of Venus consists of 2 large continents with mountain ranges, and a few large islands. There are many craters, mixed with evidence that liquid once flowed.

There is no continental drift as is seen on Earth. Nevertheless, the surface of Venus is very unusual and shows many signs of a surface which is in motion.

Compare this active surface with that of Earth, Mars, or Europa.


Last modified May 19, 2009 by Randy Russell.

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