Venus once featured oceans of carbon dioxide

December 31, 2014 3:39 AM

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"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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