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Lava flows on Venus: Analysis of motion and coolingEffusive volcanism is a major mechanism for resurfacing on Venus. The large edifice complexes are marked by lava flow fields which extend hundreds of kilometers from their apparent source vents. Earlier work on the emplacement of lava predicted few major differences in flow length between Venus and the Earth (for similar magmas) based primarily on assessment of the relative rates of heat loss to their respective atmospheres. This analysis, combined with the obvious presence of very long lava flows on Venus, has led to suggestions that basalt magmas on Venus may be of generally lower viscosity or that magma effusion rates exceed terrestrial norms. If correct, these hypotheses might imply systematically different chemical and dynamic characteristics for volcanic processes on Venus, and a somewhat catastrophic history for many of the large edifices and flow fields. The mechanics of magma motion and cooling are re-examined, and some of the issues involved in analyzing flows on Venus are discussed.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Campbell, Bruce A.
(National Air and Space Museum Washington, DC, United States)
Zimbelman, James R.
(National Air and Space Museum Washington, DC, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 1: A-F
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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