An episodic hypothesis for Venusian tectonics

@article{Turcotte1993AnEH,
  title={An episodic hypothesis for Venusian tectonics},
  author={D. Turcotte},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},
  year={1993},
  volume={98},
  pages={17061-17068}
}
  • D. Turcotte
  • Published 1993
  • Geology
  • Journal of Geophysical Research
  • It is suggested that episodic plate tectonics occurs on Venus; episodes of rapid plate tectonics are separated by periods of surface quiescence. For the last 500 ± 200 m.y. it is postulated that the surface of Venus has been a single rigid plate that has been thickening due to conductive cooling. A near-uniform surface age is consistent with observed crater densities and the relatively small number of craters modified by surface tectonics or embayed by lava flows. A lithosphere that has… CONTINUE READING
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