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Lakshmi Planum is a plateau feature approximately 2 million sq km ringed by rugged mountains,[1] the surface of Venus on the Western Ishtar Terra. It is named after Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.

Lakshmi Planum
Lakshmi Planum and Siddons Patera PIA00240.jpg
Magellan radar image
Feature typePlanum
Coordinates68°36′N 339°18′E / 68.6°N 339.3°E / 68.6; 339.3Coordinates: 68°36′N 339°18′E / 68.6°N 339.3°E / 68.6; 339.3
Diameter2,345.0 km
Lineated Plains in Lakshmi Region

It is roughly 3.5 to 5 kilometers (2.2 to 3.1 mi) above the mean planetary radius. Lakshmi Planum is ringed by intensely deformed terrain, some of which is shown in the southern portion of the image and is called Clotho Tessera.[2]

The plains of Lakshmi are made up of radar-dark, homogeneous, smooth lava flows.[3]


  1. ^ Roberts, Kari M.; Head, James W. (1990). "Lakshmi Planum, Venus: Characteristics and models of origin". Earth, Moon, and Planets. 50–51: 193–249. Bibcode:1990EM&P...50..193R. doi:10.1007/BF00142395.
  2. ^ Catalog Page for PIA00240
  3. ^ Catalog Page for PIA00241