This image from the Atla region of Venus obtained by NASA's Magellan spacecraft shows several types of volcanic features and superimposed surface fractures.
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Venus - Volcanic features in Atla Region

This Magellan image from the Atla region of Venus shows several types of volcanic features and superimposed surface fractures. The area in the image is approximately 350 kilometers (217 miles) across, centered at 9 degrees south latitude, 199 degrees east longitude. Lava flows emanating from circular pits or linear fissures form flower-shaped patterns in several areas. A collapse depression approximately 20 kilometers by 10 kilometers (12 by 6 miles) near the center of the image is drained by a lava channel approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) long. Numerous surface fractures and graben (linear valleys) criss-cross the volcanic deposits in north to northeast trends. The fractures are not buried by the lavas, indicating that the tectonic activity post-dates most of the volcanic activity.

Image details

ID#:
PIA00201

Date added:
1996-03-08

Target:
Venus

Mission:
Magellan

Spacecraft:
Magellan

Instruments:
Radar System

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA00201.tif (21.68 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA00201.jpg (7.23 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL