State- of-the-Art Climate Model Shows That Venus Could Never Have Had Oceans

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This creative impression portraysVenus Credit: ESO (European Southern Observatory)/ M. Kornmesser & & NASA/JPL/Caltech

Whether Venus, among the Solar System’s 4 terrestrial worlds, ever had oceans stays an unsolved puzzle. Although an American research study assumed that it did, this is now challenged in a paper released just recently in Nature, associating with specific researchers from the CNRS and University of Versailles-Saint Quentin- en-Yvelines[1] ( UVSQ). Using a cutting edge environment design, the research study group has actually developed an alternative situation to the American research study.

Surface and Atmosphere of Early Venus

Artist’s impression highlighting the absence of water onVenus Credit: © Manchu

Shortly after its birth 4.5 billion years back, the young Venus was covered with lava. To type oceans, the temperature level of its environment would have needed to reduce enough for water to condense and fall as rain over a duration of numerous thousand years, as occurred onEarth However, although the Sun at that time was 30% fainter than it is now, this would not have actually sufficed to lower the young world’s temperature level to a point where oceans might form. Such a fall in temperature level would just have actually been possible if the surface area of Venus had actually been protected from solar radiation by clouds.

The scientist’s environment design, nevertheless, revealed that clouds would have preferentially formed on the night side of Venus, where they could not protect the surface area from sunshine because that side gets none. On the contrary, rather of functioning as a guard, the clouds assisted keep heats by triggering a greenhouse impact that caught heat in the world’s thick environment.

According to this environment design, the high surface area temperature levels avoided any rains, and, as an outcome, the oceans were never ever able to form. Data gathered by future area objectives[2] to Venus must make it possible to check these theoretical outcomes.


  1. In France, scientists from the Laboratoire d’astrophysique de Bordeaux (LABORATORY) (CNRS/ University of Bordeaux) and the Laboratoire” atmosphère et observations spatiales” (LATMOS) (IPSL, CNRS/ University Versailles St Quentin/ Sorbonne University) participated in this work. The research study was led by the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
  2. The objective of the Envision objective prepared for 2030 along with the Davinci and Veritas objectives arranged for 2029 is to study Venus.

For more on this research study, see New Findings Suggest Venus Never Had Oceans, Conditions Needed for Life.

Reference: “Day–night cloud asymmetry prevents early oceans on Venus but not on Earth” by Martin Turbet, Emeline Bolmont, Guillaume Chaverot, David Ehrenreich, Jérémy Leconte and Emmanuel Marcq, 13 October 2021, Nature
DOI: 10.1038/ s41586-021-03873- w