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Motions of the Crust of Venus

A thick crust would prevent motion of the surface of Venus. It is not yet clear whether the crust of Venus is thick or thin. The shape of the volcanoes of Venus suggests that over its history, Venus has built a thick crust, like that of Mars.

On the other hand, features found on the surface, listed below, are all evidence that a planet's surface may be in motion. For Venus, these features are present but few, suggesting that if the crust does move, it is not with the same speed, or in the same way, as that of the Earth.


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