Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Catena, Catenae

  • Henrik Hargitai
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_35

A descriptor term used in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.


Chain of craters (Contopoulos and Jappel 1973; IAU Gazetteer 2014).

Previous Definitions

Chain: chain of distinct craters (Wilhelms 1987 p. 3); crater chain, a chain, or line of craters (de Vaucouleur et al. 1975).

Origin of Term

Chain, Latin.

History of Nomenclature

Added in 1973 (Contopoulos and Jappel 1973). Names of Lunar catenae are in reverse order (descriptor term is the first element).

See Also


  1. Contopoulos G, Jappel A (eds) (1973) Proceedings of the 15th general assembly and extraordinary general assembly. Transactions of the IAU Vol. XV B. Association of University for Research in Astronomy, Sydney, AustraliaGoogle Scholar
  2. de Vaucouleur G, Blunck J, Davies M, Dollfus A, Koval IK, Kuiper GP, Masursky H, Miyamoto S, Moroz VI, Sagan C, Smith B (1975) The new Martian nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union. Icarus 26(1):85–98CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. IAU Gazetteer (2014) Gazetteer of planetary nomenclature. International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/DescriptorTerms
  4. Wilhelms DE (1987) The geologic history of the moon. USGS Professional paper 1348Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA