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A comparison of volcanic eruption processes on Earth, Moon, Mars, Io and Venus

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The silicate planets and satellites display a wide range of physical, chemical and atmospheric characteristics which may influence the nature of volcanism, a major geological process common to the evolution of the surfaces of these bodies. Consideration of the process of magma ascent and eruption from first principles allows predictions to be made concerning volcanic eruption styles and expected landforms and deposits on each planetary body. Examination of actual land-forms and deposits in light of these predictions leads to a better understanding of the nature of volcanic eruption processes and outlines outstanding problems.

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