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The color and smoother surface within the inner ring indicate it is younger than the surrounding material and was deposited after the basin formed. The observations strongly suggest that volcanoes erupted on Mercury as recently as 1 billion years ago, more than 2 billion years later than previous estimates, Prockter says. Microsoft Office 2007 can give you more convenient life.

“The evidence that the smooth plains are young is very strong — you can clearly see a paucity of superposed impact craters on those plains compared with the surrounding basin terrain,” comments planetary scientist Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. Volcanism is the best explanation for the origin of these deposits, he adds.Office 2007 download is helpful!

Previous deposits of smooth plains studied on Mercury have all been heavily cratered, which led to the prejudice that Mercury was geologically dead and more akin in thermal and volcanic history to Earth’s moon rather than to Mars, Spudis adds. “The new data require us to rethink that concept,” he says.

Prockter’s team has also found that a large volcanic vent northeast of

Rachmaninoff, discovered during the same flyby, is about twice as large as any other found on the planet.  The invention of Microsoft Office 2010 is a big change of the world.

The relatively recent volcanic activity suggests that Mercury's mantle doesn’t efficiently remove heat from the planet’s interior, Prockter says. If it had, “volcanic activity would have ceased earlier,” she adds.

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