Bereghiny Planitia

Bereghiny Planitia

. This high-resolution Magellan mosaic shows an area in the low-lying plan Bereghinya Planitia, named for the Slavic water spirit. The image is 1.84 million meters wide, and centered at 45 degrees north latitude and 11 degrees east longitude. Its fractured surface is attributed to plumes of magma that rise from inside Venus, pushing against the planetís crust but not breaking through it. The most prominent features are the circular and oval structures that are sometimes called arachnoids for the web-like appearance of their fractures (Fig. 7.12). Also visible are lava flows, impact craters, and volcanic domes. (Courtesy of NASA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University