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There is no subduction of the crust of Venus (shown here).
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The Crust of Venus

Unlike the Earth's crust, the crust of Venus is very rigid.

The shape of the volcanoes suggests that over its history, Venus, like Mars, has built a thick crust. A thick crust prevents motions of a surface.

Why would Venus, and not the Earth, have a thick crust? The answer is that unlike the Earth, the rocky material which comprises the crust of Venus does not contain enough trapped water to allow the rocky material to bend and deform (like silly putty). Thus the crust stays in place and thickens by cooling gradually.

Nevertheless, on Venus, there may be mechanisms for the surface to turn over.


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