Venus once featured oceans of carbon dioxide

December 31, 2014 3:39 AM

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Venus once featured oceans of carbon dioxide

"Presently, the atmosphere of Venus is mostly carbon dioxide, 96.5 percent by volume," explained Cornell University physicist Dima Bolmatov.

Aside from the intolerable, ultra-dense atmosphere -- complete with clouds of corrosive sulfuric acid -- and high temperatures, Venus is often called Earth's twin. The two planets are very similar in terms of size, mass, distance from the sun and chemical composition.

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