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Venus as possible future of the Earth

In April 2016, I gave a brief lecture course on geodynamics at Moscow State University. The final lecture was devoted to the evolution of the Earth and other planets of the Solar System. One of the audience asked if the Earth might one day have an atmosphere similar to the modern atmosphere of Venus, which is known to have a most peculiar—very hot (up to 450 °C) and dense—atmosphere composed mainly of CO 2 . My immediate response was: “Why not? There is a huge amount of carbonaceous rocks in the...

Modified: 13.12.2016
Venus , Earth , planet evolution , life evolution , bacteria , climate , atmosphere , volcanism
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