Surface terrain

Surface terrain

. The side-looking radar images and altimetry data from Magellan have been merged to obtain this three-dimensional view of the terrain on Venus. It includes radar-dark, lowland plains and radar-bright highlands. A hot upwelling of magma is believed to have formed 200-thousand-meter wide Nagavonyi Corona in the foreground; just behind the corona is a shield volcano that is 2 thousand meters high. Nagavonyi is a Ganda (Uganda) crop goddess; the distant highlands include Phoebe Regio, a region named for the Greek Titaness (Courtesy of JPL and NASA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University