Vicki L. Hansen, Brian K. Banks, Rebecca R. Ghent; Tessera terrain and crustal plateaus, Venus. Geology ; 27 (12): 1071–1074. doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/0091-7613(1999)027<1071:TTACPV>2.3.CO;2
Download citation file:
Many workers assume that tessera terrain—marked by multiple tectonic lineaments and exposed in crustal plateaus—comprises a global “onion skin” on Venus. A growing body of structural, mechanical, magmatic, gravitational-topographic, and geologic evidence indicates that tesserae record the local interaction of individual deep-mantle plumes with an ancient, globally thin Venusian lithosphere, resulting in local regions of thickened crust.