Venus once shrouded in oceans of liquid-like CO2 gas, study suggests

January 3, 2015 3:51 PM

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Venus once shrouded in oceans of liquid-like CO2 gas, study suggests

The second planet from the Sun may once have been home to vast oceans of carbon dioxide that flew as liquid in “soap bubbles,” American researchers suggest. The oceans could have helped to create the Earth-like geological surface features of Venus.

“Presently, the atmosphere of Venus is mostly carbon dioxide, 96.5 percent by volume,” lead study author Dima Bolmatov, a theoretical physicist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, told Space.com.

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