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Active Venus volcanoes make super hot planet even more unwelcoming – CNET

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Maat Mons on the surface of Venus could be an active volcano.


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We’ve known for some time now that our neighbor Venus is hell off-Earth, but new research suggests it’s even worse than we thought. 

In addition to its toxic atmosphere and lead-melting (literally) temperatures, the second planet from the sun looks to be home to at least a few dozen active volcanoes belching up brimstone to add to the ambience. 

“This is the first time we are able to point to specific structures and say, ‘Look, this is not an ancient volcano but one that is active today, dormant perhaps, but not dead,'” said Laurent Montési, geology professor at the University of Maryland, in a release. “This study significantly changes the view of Venus from a mostly inactive planet to one whose interior is still churning and can feed many active volcanoes.”

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Montési is co-author of a new paper published Monday in Nature Geoscience identifying 37 “recently active volcanic structures” on Venus.

Perhaps ironically, geologically-active planets with hot interiors tend to be better candidates for habitability, because a molten core can also power a magnetic field to deflect sterilizing radiation from the sun and space. 

Venus, being the forsaken place it is, is the rare active planet that doesn’t generate its own magnetic field internally. This planet is really about as inviting as a mouthful of razor wire.

Scientists have known there is evidence of volcanic activity on Venus for a while, but it was thought it was probably the remnants of ancient activity. 


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Montési and colleagues used 3D models of Venusian sub-surface activity to look at the features on the surface of the planet in a new way, helping them to identify potentially active hotspots. 

The team hopes future missions to Venus could get a better look at its eruptive nature. It may be a while, though, as many space programs are aiming for Mars right now

However, the BepiColombo spacecraft bound for Mercury will make a pair of flybys past Venus over the next 13 months. So maybe we’ll get more familiar with the worst place in the solar system soon enough.

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Active shooter near North Gate of NAS-Corpus Christi, lockdown in place – KIIITV.com

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As of around 7:35 a.m. base officials reported that the shooter has been neutralized.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi officials confirmed to 3News that the base was placed on lockdown Thursday morning due to an active shooter situation at their North Gate.

The shots broke out at around 6:15 a.m., prompting the lockdown of both entrances to the base. By around 7:30 a.m. officials had reported that the shooter was neutralized.

Officials said one security forces member was injured in the shooting. The extent of their injuries is unclear at this time but 3News will keep you updated.

A 3News viewer who was in a line of vehicles outside NAS-CC during the shooting shared video from the scene. You can hear several shots being fired.

The base will remain on lockdown as investigators and first responders process the scene.

Base officials initially put out the following notice when the shooting occurred: “NAS-Corpus Christi is now in a lockdown status. There is an active shooter in the vicinity of the North Gate. If you are in or near the North Gate get out and away to safety. Execute lockdown procedures — remain indoors and away from windows.”

The Corpus Christi Police Department also advised that people avoid the area.

The nearby Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi also issued a Code Blue, alerting students who may be on campus to remain indoors and avoid windows.

3News is on the scene and will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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