The surface of Venus

  title={The surface of Venus},
  author={Alexander T Basilevsky and James W Head},
  journal={Reports on Progress in Physics},
  pages={1699 - 1734}
Venus is a planet that is similar to Earth in terms of some important planetary parameters (size, mass, position in the solar system, presence of atmosphere) and different in terms of other, equally important ones (absence of an intrinsic magnetic field, large atmospheric mass, carbon dioxide composition of the atmosphere, lack of water, very high surface pressure and temperature). The surface morphology of Venus is dominated by the signatures of basaltic volcanism and tectonic deformation…