Example of a small tick volcano on Venus. Image credit: Magellan. 

Example of a small tick volcano on Venus. Image credit: Magellan. 

Happy Monday, Earthlings!

If you live near the woods, you would be no stranger to ticks. Ticks are creepy little blood-sucking insects, for those who don't know. 

Venus has many volcanoes of different sizes and shapes. There is a particular kind of volcano with a large dome and fractures extending out of the sides, making it look like a giant tick-like bug! These volcanoes are roughly 40 miles across and surrounded by radial fractures. These fractures are not lava flows, however. So what could they be? Still unknown!

There are two theories about these strange "tick-legs" from the dome. One could be avalanche ridge scars, outlining once uplifting ridges subsided and eroded. The second theory is that these are dikes, or rather intrusions of lava-like material. However, we are still not sure as to how the shapes of these scars come about and how quickly after eruption and formation. 

Big, beautiful tick-volcano on Venus. Black box is "no data". Size of this tick is about 41 miles across! Image credit: Magellan. 

Big, beautiful tick-volcano on Venus. Black box is "no data". Size of this tick is about 41 miles across! Image credit: Magellan. 

Thank you for reading and come back next week for Cubewanos!