Oceans of CO2 may have once covered Venus, scientists say

December 31, 2014 2:57 PM

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Oceans of CO2 may have once covered Venus, scientists say

Now scientists believe that this hot and inhospitable world may have also once been home to oceans, not of water, but of a strange type of liquid carbon dioxide that helped carve out its surface.

"Presently, the atmosphere of Venus is mostly carbon dioxide, 96.5 percent by volume," said lead study author and theoretical physicist Dima Bolmatov.

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