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Complex ridged terrain-related ridge belts on Venus: Global distribution and classificationFifty-six features were identified in a global survey of complex ridged terrain (CRT)-related ridge belts. Nonrandom aerial distribution was observed with all of the CRT-related ridge belts located to the north of 20 deg S and increasing in number towards the north. In the equatorial highlands the only concentration of CRT-related ridge belts occurs along N and NE Ovda Regio and western Thetis Regio. Major areas of CRT devoid of related ridge belts (Beta, Phoebe, Alpha Regiones, and northern Lada Terra) are regions dominated by rifting, fractures, coronae, and volcanic features. A noticeable concentration of ridge belts is located within a region 20 deg S - 80 deg N, 0 deg - 150 deg E. Three classes of CRT-related ridge belts were defined: (1) ridge belts directly in contact with CRT margins, (2) ridge belts located apart from the CRT boundary, but whose shape and strike are affected by CRT, and (3) ridge belts terminating against a margin of CRT. There does not appear to be any relation between ridge belt class and type of CRT margin. Some of the class 2 and 3 belts of the 20 deg S - 80 deg N, 0 deg - 150 deg E region seem to be continuations of adjacent elongated blocks of CRT and could reflect the hypothesized basement of tessera-like material. Majority of class 1 and 2 ridge belts within this region parallel N of NE boundaries of large CRT plateaus of arc-like arrangements of tesserae. These relationships show that this region was dominated by compressional stresses oriented perpendicular to the CRT boundaries, in N-S/NE-SW direction.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Toermaenen, T.
(Oulu Univ.)
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
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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