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Eastern Lakshmi

Lava flows blanket the flat plains region of eastern Lakshmi. The dark flows most likely represent smooth flows similar to pahoehoe flows on Earth, while the brighter areas are rougher flows resembling Earth's aa flows. Three dark splotches mark the tops of these lava flows. Because of the thick atmosphere surrounding Venus, small impactors break up before they hit the surface. The fragments are deposited over the surface and produce the dark splotches seen here. Notice the splotch on the far right has a crater at its center, indicating that the impactor was not completely destroyed.

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