Sri Mons and Gula Mons

Sri Mons and Gula Mons

Fig. 7.15 . Two volcanoes are located at the horizon of this three-dimensional Magellan radar view of the western Eistia Rigio in the central part of Venusí surface, near the equator and zero degrees east longitude. In this computer-generated image, the vertical scale has been exaggerated to show the edge of a rift valley in the foreground. It extends all the way to Gula Mons, the volcano on the right horizon, which stands 3 kilometers high and is located 700 kilometers away. The volcano on the left horizon, called Sif Mons, has a height of about 2 kilometers and a diameter of about 300 kilometers. Eistia is a Norse giantess, Gula is the name of a Babylonian Earth mother and creative force, and Sif is the name of a Teutonic goddess and Thorís wife. The artificial tints are based on color images from the Venera 13 and 14 landers, simulating the color of sunlight that filters through the thick atmosphere. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University