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U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3089

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Geologic Map of the Greenaway Quadrangle (V–24), Venus

By Nicholas P. Lang and Vicki L. Hansen


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The Greenaway quadrangle (V–24; lat 0°–25° N., long 120°–150° E.), Venus, derives its name from the impact crater Greenaway, centered at lat 22.9° N., long 145.1° E., in the northeastern part of the quadrangle. Greenaway was a well-noted writer and illustrator of children‘s books in Britain during the nineteenth century. In Greenaway‘s honor, the Library Association of Great Britain presents the annual Kate Greenaway Medal to an illustrator living and publishing in Britain who has produced the most distinguished children‘s book illustrations for that year.

The Greenaway quadrangle occupies an 8,400,000 km2 equatorial swath of lowlands and highlands. The map area is bounded by the crustal plateau, Thetis Regio, to the south and Gegute Tessera to the west. The rest of the quadrangle consists of part of Llorona Planitia, which is part of the vast lowlands that cover about 80 percent of Venus‘ surface. The southern map area marks the north edge of Aphrodite Terra, including Thetis Regio, that includes the highest topography in the quadrangle with elevations reaching >1 km above the Mean Planetary Radius (MPR; 6,051.84 km). Northern Aphrodite Terra abruptly slopes north to Llorona Planitia. A broad northeast-trending topographic arch pocked with coronae separates two northeast-trending elongate basins, Llorona Planitia on the east, that form depositional centers for shield and coronae-sourced materials; both basins drop to elevations of <–1 km. In addition to these major features, the map area hosts thousands of small volcanic constructs (shields); seven coronae; ribbon-tessera terrain; suites of faults, fractures, and wrinkle ridges; 23 impact craters; and one craterless splotch.

Our goal for mapping the geology of the Greenaway quadrangle was to determine the geologic history for this region, which in turn provides insights into volcanic and tectonic processes that shaped the Venusian surface. Map relations illustrate that aerially expansive shield terrain (unit st) played a primary role and coronae played a secondary role in volcanic resurfacing across the map area.

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Lang, Nicholas P., and Hansen, Vicki L., 2010, Geologic Map of the Greenaway quadrangle (V-24), Venus: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3089.

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