Sunday, April 06, 2008

Active Volcanoes on Venus? - John Seach

European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft has detected sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere of Venus. This could be produced by active volcanoes, or created by an unknown mechanism affecting the upper atmosphere. Sulphur dioxide at high altitude should be destroyed rapidly by solar radiation, but it has been varying in concentration. Plans are being made to look for localised increases in sulphur dioxide that would indicate a plume of the gas from a volcano. Another method is to look for hot spots on the surface that can indicate recent volcanic activity.
Volcanoes of Venus...