CATALOG: Keep Your Craters Straight

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Science  25 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5594, pp. 709
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5594.709d

With thousands of valleys, prominences, mountains, and plains in our solar system, even experts can get ensnared in terminology. There's the Bach crater on Mercury, not to be confused with the Bachira crater on Venus or the Bacht crater on Mars or the Back crater on our moon. Bringing order to the tangle of names is the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature from the U.S. Geological Survey's Astrogeology Research Program. The site lists the official names and locations for mountains, craters, and other surface features on our neighboring planets and their moons.

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