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Layered view of Vesta

Planet Core

Vesta Cools
As the remnants of star pieces, gases and cosmic dust clumped tightly together, gravity, heat and pressure worked their magic to begin the formation of planet Vesta. Intense heat locked in the center of the planet created an inner core of iron, a heavy element. The mantle was formed out if thick, many layered silica rock material, thus giving a spherical form to the planet. The thin rocky silicate planetary crust became a ground which life forms become rooted in. Additionally, the atmosphere became a shroud of water and heavenly gases that permitted life to exist. Finally, the crust is made up of tectonic plates, made mostly of granite rock, that slowly move about, over billions of years. This movement is caused by sea floor spreading and great pressures upon these plates. Throughout geological time, subduction zone movements have changed the formation and location of the four known continents of Vesta. When oceanic and continental plates collide, the crash results in the mountainous formations found along the many ivory coasts of Ves

Vesta Landscape
Vesta has several large tectonic plates which dovetail as they connect, forming the surface of the planet. The locations where the dovetails exist are the same places where many of the active volcanoes are found around the planet. These are shown in the diagram below and are called Hot Spots. The central region of the planet is home to many Hot Spots where volcanic activity is frequent and severe. Being a rather young and geologically active planet, the planet has some high mountainous regions. There are some crater lakes on the face of Vesta as a result of meteor bombardment.
The high winds cut viciously into the mountains causing fast erosion. Melting glaciers provide water for the lakes and rivers found in the lowlands and wetlands. Vesta is mostly covered with water, though there are many undiscovered regions on this planet. The oceans are deep and cold and teeming with life.

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Juturna means "Goddess of fountains and springs." It is in this northernmost continent that once was the home to the biggest glaciers that provided much of the water for planet Vesta. There are thousands of small rivers, springs, artesian wells, dynamic waterfalls on this continent. It is also a very green and forested place. Bogs and swamplands provide breeding grounds for unique flora and fauna found only in Juturna. Towards the rear of the continent is located the mighty and enormous Andraste Mountainous Region. Andraste means, "god of Victory." One feels victorious when standing atop the deeply gouged red, yellow and ochre colored peaks which have been deeply eroded by environmental factors. Juturna is a rugged, lush place to inhabit. The most southeastern corner of Juturna is home to volcanic activity.

Belenus lies in a southeasterly direction from Juturna. Belenus means, "god of light, or shining one." This continent was named Belenus because it is warmer, more inhabitable to all forms of life and is a beautiful place of vast natural resources. There is evidence that a meteor hit Belenus long ago, blessing the continent with unusual water qualities. However, there is a good deal of volcanic activity along the western edge of the continent.
Amun means "hidden one," and was named that because it is a continent that is tucked out of the way at the bottom of the planet. Amun becomes Vesta's south pole. Because of uplifting tectonic plates found on the northwestern quadrant of the continent, once again, there is a large amount of volcanic activity there. All along the eastern region of Amun one finds the Vulcan Mountains. Vulcan mean "god of flash" and this named is appropriate to the region because of the burning embers that flash from the volcanic activity in the region.
Amoba is a mysterious and dangerous place. Anoba means "the hunt." It is called that because this continent is rich with the most imaginative life forms. Moreover, Anoba is home to a host of ecosystems. For example, there is a section of sand dunes, then there is the wet region down the center of the continent because of the mighty Bellona River. Bellona means "to fight" because life here is perilous with quicksand, the greatest of all volcanic activity, the highest mountains and the lowest plains. This maze of land formations is also a maze of life forms that prey upon each other.


Vesta Today

Fossil remains that have been found on Vesta tell a very interesting story about the evolution of this planet. Although there appear to be missing links in our knowledge about planet Vesta, there are a few things we know for certain. For example, life forms are many and varied. There is a closeness to the relationships between species much like the pattern on planet Earth. There is evidence of extinction of some species and plant forms. Large alpine glaciers have preserved records of such events. Vesta has suffered large volcanic eruptions which resulted in a temporary cooling of the planet, followed by global warming. Vesta has evidence of large scale catastrophic events, such as galactic bombardment from extraterrestrial bodies. There is evidence that water levels on Vesta have fallen. Like earth, Vesta's long history shows highlights of eras, periods, and episodes leading to many extinctions and changes. Today, Vesta is completely habitable with advanced species and an advanced plant life. This is not a barren planet, thirsty for life. It nurtures life. New coastlines continue to be formed from the weight of the large ice sheets pressing down upon the tectonic plates and causing slow but constant raising of mountains and coastlines. The continent of Anoba is rich with prehistoric flooding records that tell so much about the topographical changes on the face of Vesta. We are aware that there remain undiscovered regions on Vesta. Therefore, it is difficult to make a prediction about future of Vesta. Besides, evolutions are complex and the criteria for the evolution of a species on Vesta might not be analogous to that of a species on Earth.




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