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Venus pancake dome formation: Morphologic effects of a cooling-induced variable viscosity during emplacementThe distinctive steep-sided 'pancake' domes discovered in the Magellan images of Venus have morphologies that suggest formation by a single continuous emplacement of a high viscosity magma. A resemblance of the venusian domes to much smaller terrestrial rhyolite and dacite volcanic domes has prompted some authors to suggest that the domes on Venus also have high silica compositions and thus, high viscosities. However, viscosity is a function of crystallinity as well as silica content in a magma, and thus increases as a result of magmatic cooling. To investigate the effect of a cooling-induced viscosity increase on dome morphology, we have modeled the domes as radial viscous gravity currents that cool during emplacement. Various aspects of the investigation are discussed.
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Conference Paper
Sakimoto, S. E. H. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Baltimore, MD, United States)
Zuber, M. T. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Baltimore, MD, 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 3: N-Z
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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