List of montes on Venus

List of montes on Venus

This is a list of montes (mountains, singular "mons") on the planet Venus. Venusian mountains are all named after goddesses in the mythologies of various cultures, except for the Maxwell Montes.

The four main mountain ranges of Venus are named Maxwell Montes, Frejya Montes, Akna Montes, and Danu Montes. These are found on Ishtar Terra.

Mountain ranges are formed by the folding and buckling of a planet's crust. The mountain ranges of Venus, like those of the Earth, are characterized by many parallel folds and faults.

The presence of mountain ranges on Venus may provide evidence that the planet's surface is in motion.

Key
*DIAM — Diameter or longest dimension of feature in kilometers
*AS — Approval status
**(1) — Adopted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly
**(2) — Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) approval
**(3) — Dropped, no longer in use

ee also

* List of craters on Venus
* List of coronae on Venus

External links

* [http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/venus/venuTOC.html USGS: Venus nomenclature]
* [http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/venus/venumons.html USGS: Venus nomenclature: mountains]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3236018.stm BBC: Venus has 'heavy metal mountains's]


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