Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Cavus, Cavi

  • Henrik Hargitai
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_38

A descriptor term used in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.


Hollows, irregular steep-sided depressions usually in arrays or clusters (Müller and Jappel 1977, p. 331; IAU Gazetteer 2014), but may occur isolated.


Typically features apparently not of impact or tectonic origin.

Origin of Term

Hole, Latin.

History of Nomenclature

Added in 1976 to name topographic features on Mars (Müller and Jappel 1977, p. 331).

See Also


  1. IAU Gazetteer (2014) Gazetteer of planetary nomenclature. International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/DescriptorTerms
  2. Müller E, Jappel A (1977) Proceedings of the 16th general assembly. Transactions of the IAU Vol. XVI B. Association of University for Research in Astronomy, Grenoble, FranceGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA