Steep-Sided Dome (Venus)

  • Jeffrey M. ByrnesEmail author
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A volcanic edifice with characteristic high-angle margins and relatively horizontal upper surface displaying a circular to subround planform morphology, although the original planform morphology may be modified and adjacent domes may overlap.




Volcanic domes are typically circular overall in planform with steep margins and relatively horizontal upper surfaces (Figs. 1 and 2). Planform morphology commonly (>80 %) displays modification due to slope failure, which can produce radial protuberances and may be associated with debris aprons (Bulmer and Guest 1996; Bulmer and Wilson 1999; Gleason et al. 2010; Bulmer 2012). Upper surfaces of domes may be somewhat concave or convex and may display a wide range of features, including pits; radial, concentric, and polygonal fractures; and peaks (e.g., Bulmer and Guest 1996; Stofan et al. 2000; Gleason et al. 2010). Steep-sided domes range from 1 to...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boone Pickens School of GeologyOklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA