An Admittance Survey of Large Volcanoes on Venus: Implications for Volcano GrowthEstimates of the thickness of the venusian crust and elastic lithosphere are important in determining the rheological and thermal properties of Venus. These estimates offer insights into what conditions are needed for certain features, such as large volcanoes and coronae, to form. Lithospheric properties for much of the large volcano population on Venus are not well known. Previous studies of elastic thickness (Te) have concentrated on individual or small groups of edifices, or have used volcano models and fixed values of Te to match with observations of volcano morphologies. In addition, previous studies use different methods to estimate lithospheric parameters meaning it is difficult to compare their results. Following recent global studies of the admittance signatures exhibited by the venusian corona population, we performed a similar survey into large volcanoes in an effort to determine the range of lithospheric parameters shown by these features. This survey of the entire large volcano population used the same method throughout so that all estimates could be directly compared. By analysing a large number of edifices and comparing our results to observations of their morphology and models of volcano formation, we can help determine the controlling parameters that govern volcano growth on Venus.
Brian, A. W. (Proxemy Research, Inc. Laytonsville, MD, United States)
Smrekar, S. E. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Stofan, E. R. (Proxemy Research, Inc. Laytonsville, MD, United States)
August 21, 2013
January 1, 2004
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXV: Venus