This is a map of Venus.
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The History of Venus
The Earth-planets formed with the gathering of rocky material and volatiles out of the primitive solar nebula. As they finished forming, the surface continued to be hit by the remanent of planetary material available nearby.
After this time, this is probably what happened to Venus:
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