An ocean on early Venus?
The new study, published online July 18 in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, provides a new clue to whether Venus could have ever supported life. According to the new simulations, Venus had just the right amount of cloud cover, carbon dioxide and water to start with, and could have formed an ocean.
This finding could help researchers find other habitable planets outside of solar system.
In the simulation, planetary scientist Emmanuel
Marq of the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Guyancourt, France, and colleagues calculated how the cooling of a young rocky planet’s molten surface would interact with its developing atmosphere and incoming heat from the young sun.
Could Venus have an ocean a long time ago? Perhaps!
There are, perhaps, other planets that have oceans on them and can support life. The research continues.
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