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How do volcanic features on Venus and Mars compare to volcanic features on Earth?

Mars: Mars has volcanic features that are similar in shape to those on Earth, although much larger. Venus: Venus has more than 1700 volcanic features and many of these look fresh — unweathered. Much of the surface of Venus has been covered by huge flows of basalt lava, probably in the last few hundred million years.

How do Mars volcanoes compare to Earth’s volcanoes?

The main difference between the volcanoes on Mars and Earth is their size; volcanoes in the Tharsis region of Mars are 10 to 100 times larger than those anywhere on Earth. The lava flows on the Martian surface are observed to be much longer, probably a result of higher eruption rates and lower surface gravity.

What is the difference between volcanism on Venus and that around the Ring of Fire on Earth?

What is the difference between volcanism on Venus and that around the ring of fire on Earth? The volcanoes around the ring of fire on Earth are composite volcanoes or strato-volcanoes. The volcanoes on Venus are mostly shield volcanoes, like also exist in Hawaii for instance.

Is there volcanic activity on Venus?

The surface of Venus is dominated by volcanic features and has more volcanoes than any other planet in the Solar System. Even though there are over 1,600 major volcanoes on Venus, none are known to be erupting at present and most are probably long extinct.

Why is Venus so volcanic?

First, due to the high air pressure, venusian lavas need much higher gas contents than Earth lavas to erupt explosively. Second, the main gas driving lava explosions on Earth is water, which is in very short supply on Venus. Lastly, many viscous lavas and explosive eruptions on Earth occur near plate subduction zones.

Which planet has the most volcanic activity?

Io is one of the four large moons of Jupiter, the largest planet. It is the most volcanically active world in the solar system. It is almost literally covered with active volcanoes. They erupt plumes of sulphurous chemicals that can reach far out into space.

Is there volcanic activity on Mars?

The tallest mountain on any of the Solar System’s planets is Olympus Mons, a giant extinct volcano on Mars that is some 14 miles (or 21.9 kilometers) high. Since then, Mars has cooled and become much less active. Indeed, a common view among planetary geologists is that today there are no active volcanoes on Mars.

What was the very first planet?

Five planets have been known since ancient times — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The first new planet discovered was Uranus. It was discovered by the English astronomer Sir William Herschel in 1781. Herschel was one of the first modern astronomers.