Scientists have discovered that the surface of Venus would not be completely static, but quite the opposite: it is made up of fragments that move and collide with each other, thanks to the fact that they are on a moving and semi-liquid material that could be similar to lava.
This phenomenon on the surface of Venus suggests that the inner mantle of the planet is in motion, according to the recently published study. The authors explain that Venus has long been known to have various tectonic plates similar to Earth’s, but smaller and resembling “ice sheets floating in the ocean.”
Scientists believe that the mantle of Venus is in motion thanks to the heat that emanates from the nucleus and generates a kind of current, which has as a consequence what happens to the upper parts of the crust. However, it is not known exactly whether this occurs across the entire surface or not; So far, researchers say they have found 58 moving parts, but there may be more.
The truth is that Venus remains a mystery to astronomers, because not much is known about its volcanic activity and there are no definitive conclusions about it, despite the fact that there have been several exploratory missions. However, scientists believe that it could be a geologically active planet, due to its size and age similar to that of Earth.
The images of the moving surface of Venus were obtained thanks to the Magellan probe, a NASA space mission that dates back to 1990 and that during its four years of mission collected almost 1,000 images before crashing with the planet in 1994.