Maat Mons

Maat Mons

. This three-dimensional perspective of Maat Mons on Venus was obtained from radar data taken with Magellan in October 1991. It is 8 thousand meters high, the second highest peak on the planet. Fresh, dark lava extends for hundreds of thousands of meters in the foreground, perhaps flowing from a relatively recent eruption. Maat Mons is a giant shield volcano similar in size and shape to the big island of Hawaii (Fig. 2.25). Maat is the name of the ancient Egyptian goddess of truth and justice, and Mons is the Latin term for "mountain". The orange tint simulates the color of sunlight at ground level after filtering by the dense, thick atmosphere. (Courtesy of JPL and NASA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University