If the presence of active volcanoes is confirmed, scientists speculate that the planet might become a perfect destination for those wishing to learn how "interiors of planets" operate.
While some scientists who struggle to uncover the mysteries of Venus focus their attention on the planet's weather, hoping to discover possible signs of life, others delve into the secrets of the inhospitable world's depths.
According to Universe Today, a team led by researchers from the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) now postulate that Venus may still harbor active volcanoes, which would make it the only such planet in our solar system to do so (beside Earth, of course).
While traces of volcanic activity were discovered on Venus back in the 1990s by NASA's Magellan spacecraft, as the media outlet points out, the scientists, who examined how the planet's lava flows would react to its atmosphere, were able to determine that "the lava flows observed on Venus were very young", thus leading the team to conclude that there should still be active volcanoes there.
Commenting on their findings which were published in Science Advances, study lead Justin Filiberto, staff scientist with the LPI, remarked that if the presence of volcanic activity on Venus is confirmed, the planet might become "a great place to visit to better understand the interiors of planets".
研究负责人、LPI的科学家贾斯汀·菲利贝托(Justin Filiberto)对他们发表在《科学进展》(Science Advances)杂志上的发现发表评论称，如果金星上的火山活动得到证实，这颗行星可能会成为“一个更好地了解行星内部结构的好地方”。
"For example, we could study how planets cool and why the Earth and Venus have active volcanism, but Mars does not", he explained. "Future missions should be able to see these flows and changes in the surface and provide concrete evidence of its activity".
Last year, the team also announced that Venus could never have hosted life as the planet was overflowing with lava rather than being covered in oceans in the past.