Tessera terrain and crustal plateaus, Venus

Vicki L. Hansen, Brian K. Banks, Rebecca R. Ghent

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Many workers assume that tessera terrain - marked by multiple tectonic lineaments and exposed in crustal plateaus - comprises a global "onion skin" on Venus. A growing body of structural, mechanical, magmatic, gravitational-topographic, and geologic evidence indicates that tesserae record the local interaction of individual deep-mantle plumes with an ancient, globally thin Venusian lithosphere, resulting in local regions of thickened crust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1071-1074
Number of pages4
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999


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