Bereghinya Planitia

Bereghinya Planitia

Fig. 7.18 . This high-resolution Magellan mosaic shows an area in the low-lying plain Bereghinya Planitia, named for the Slavic water spirit. The image is 1.84 thousand kilometers wide, and centered at 45 degrees north latitude and 11 degrees east longitude. The plainís fractured surface is attributed to plumes of magma that rise from inside Venus, pushing against the planetís crust. The most prominent features are the circular and oval structures that are sometimes called arachnoids for the spider-web-like appearance of their fractures (also see Figure 7.20). Also visible are lava flows, impact craters, and volcanic domes. (Courtesy of NASA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University