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Explosive Volcanoes on Mercury

Caption: Data from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has shown that pyroclastic deposits are widespread on Mercury. The deposits are the telltale sign of explosive volcanism, which scientists long thought Mercury did not have.

Credit: NASA/ MESSENGER/ Head Lab/Brown University

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