The distribution and character of Venus's impact craters led to the widely accepted idea that Venus underwent global catastrophic resurfacing ca. 500 Ma, and thus Venus records only a short history, encompassing surface evolution since postulated catastrophic resurfacing. Ribbon tessera terrain (RTT), a structurally distinctive unit, represents some of Venus's oldest surfaces, and is widely accepted as forming prior to postulated global catastrophic resurfacing. We constructed a global geologic map of RTT unit exposures and structural trends using National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Magellan data. Map relations illustrate that RTT displays planet-scale patterns that, together with altimetry, record a rich geologic history that predates proposed global catastrophic resurfacing.

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