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    the ocean more or less become airborne, which means even in the early stages if you are on the surface you are now at the bottom of a giant layer live steam experiencing deep sea pressures, plus its a massive GHG heat trap and the addition of carbon to form CO2 makes it worse and worse. There's some schools of thought that speculate if Venus had plate tectonics or some similar, mechanical way for internal heat to escape, it would shut down as water and other substances are baked out of the rock. The surface might seize up, heat would build up below the crust until it blasted out all over, causing periodic massive vulcanization every 250 --500 my. Which is consistent with what we see on the surface geology of Venus today.

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