Massive volcanic eruptions may have turned Venus into hell

Massive global volcanism covering 80% of Venus’ surface in lava may have been the decisive factor in transforming Venus from a wet and mild world into the suffocating, sulphurous, hellish planet it is today.

The surface temperature Venus is a sweltering 867 degrees Fahrenheit (464 degrees Celsius), hot enough to melt lead, and there’s a crushing pressure of 90 atmospheres beneath the dense clouds of carbon dioxide laced with corrosive sulfuric acid. Often frowned upon Soil‘Evil twin’ is Venus the victim of a runaway greenhouse effectno doubt amplified by Venus moving about 25 million miles (40 million kilometers) closer to the sa than the Earth and therefore receives more heat.

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