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Maat Mons, Venus. Computer-generated perspective view of Maat Mons, the largest shield volcano on the planet Venus. At its summit, Maat Mons is 8 kilometers above the surrounding terrain on Venus' equator. Shield volcanoes are formed by very fluid lava flows, such as those seen in the Hawaiian islands. This image was derived from radar data gathered by the Magellan spacecraft. The perspective view has an exaggerated vertical scale to emphasise surface features, with colours added to reflect the basaltic rocks of the surface. The cloud cover and atmospheric haze are computer generated.
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