Venus sulphur atmosphere holds warning for Earth

Despite the obvious differences, Venus has a lot in common with our Mother Earth, and we can learn a lot from our neighboring planet that can be really useful in the future; such is the case with the high-altitude layer of sulphur dioxide discovered by ESA’s Venus Express. This was a mystery that caused quite a stir in the scientific community, and was finally explained this week.

The importance it has for our planet is significant, because of the discussed plans of mitingating climate change that involved injecting our atmosphere with sulphur droplets. About the planet: Venus is covered by a sheet of acid clouds that block our view of the surface; the sheet forms at about 50 km from the planet surface, when sulphur dioxide from volcanoes combines with water to form sulphuric acid, one of the most corosive substances in the natural world. Any remaining sulphur dioxide is rapidly destroyed by solar radiation at 70 km, which is why the sulphur dioxide found at 90 km posed a total mystery; where could it come from ?

The answer came from a computer simulation conducted by Xi Zhang, California Institute of Technology, USA, and colleagues from America, France and Taiwan. They showed that some sulphuric acid droplets may evaporate at high altitude, freeing gaseous sulphuric acid that is then broken apart by sunlight, releasing sulphur dioxide gas.

“We had not expected the high-altitude sulphur layer, but now we can explain our measurements,” says Håkan Svedhem, ESA’s Venus Express Project Scientist. “However, the new findings also mean that the atmospheric sulphur cycle is more complicated than we thought.”

This yields a clear warning for us, that we have to broaden our understanding of the sulphur cycle before even dreaming to use it towards climate goals. Nobel prize winner Paul Crutzen is one of the people who openly supports injecting sulphur dioxide at 20 km above the Earth to fight climate change caused by emissions. However, this recent study of Venus shows that the results of injecting our atmosphere with such a substance may not be as successful as previously thought.

“We must study in great detail the potential consequences of such an artificial sulphur layer in the atmosphere of Earth,” says Jean-Loup Bertaux, Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin, France, Principal Investigator of the SPICAV sensor on Venus Express. “Venus has an enormous layer of such droplets, so anything that we learn about those clouds is likely to be relevant to any geo-engineering of our own planet.”

This is one of the huge advantages we have from studying Venus: it allows us to experiment and observe what happens without actually experimenting on our world.

5 thoughts on “Venus sulphur atmosphere holds warning for Earth

  1. JohnStClair

    Global warming by CO2 gas is just one component of five ways the planet is overheating.  Imagine two tetrahedrons base-to-base with the corners aligned.  The bottom vertex is geometry, such as our rectangular cities and streets and architecture.  Then the middle three are thermodynamics (heat CO2), electromagnetism and gravitational.  Cell phone use and telecommunications heat the electromagnetism corner.  Because human beings are a conduit for hyperspace energy from a low-speed-of-light dimension to this dimension, this energy flow creates a circular gravitational field which heats the gravitational corner.  Then the Internet, with huge amounts of data storage, connects computers with copper wire.  This heats the top information apex.  It should be connected with fiber optics.  We know from energy healing that information and light radiation can take a kidney stone, that is blocking the bile duct, out of a person’s body into a co-dimension.  Thus the tetrahedron edge between information and electromagnetism moves the earth closer to being out of dimension.  The incoming low-density hyperspace energy softens the rock mantle.  This is evident from the rock vortex seen in the Caribbean where the islands curve down to Venezuela.  The magma rising through the soft crust creates the islands.  That tetrahedral geometry is at work is seen from the 19.5 degree latitude which is where the corners of a circumscribing sphere touch the tetrahedron.  Also, the tetrahedral geometry projects the electron and proton and the physics constants into our dimension.   This geometry shows that the electron is the proton, but because the single particle enters our dimension in two places, it appears as two separate particles.  Other evidence of these hyperspace vortices includes the red spot of Jupiter, the Mars volcano, and the dark spots on Uranus and Neptune.  So the heating of the earth is due to these other factors which the scientists are not addressing. 

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