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Venus has very few volcanoes – oddly, maybe that’s why it’s as hot as hell

In their quest to discover habitable planets, scientists are looking for Earth-like qualities. We do this because the Earth supports life, of course, but it collapses when you consider Venus. Based on its size, chemistry and position in the solar system, our neighboring planet is the most Earth-like ever observed. Yet, while Earth is the […]

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How the World’s Largest Volcanoes Formed

A study by the Australian National University (ANU) has solved the 168-year-old mystery of how the world’s largest and most active volcanoes formed in Hawaii. The study found that the volcanoes formed along twin pathways due to a directional shift of the Pacific plate three million years ago. ANU lead researcher Tim Jones said scientists […]