Lunar Gazetteer

An alphabetical directory of Lunar place names, with locations and name origins.

| Albedo Feature | Catena (Crater Chain) | Craters |
| Dorsa | Dorsum | Fossa | Lacus (Lunar Lakes)Landing Site Features |
| Maria (Lunar Seas) | Mons (Mountains) | Montes (Mountain Ranges) |
| OceanusPalus (Marsh)Planita (Plain) | Promontorium |
 | Rima and RimaeRupes (Scarps) | Sinus (Bay)Vallis |

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How Are Lunar Formations Named?

Craters:
Large craters: Famous deceased scientists, scholars and artists;
Small craters: Common first names.

Catenae, Dorsa, Rimae:
Feature names derived from nearby craters.

Lacus, Maria, Paludes, Sinus:
Latin terms describing weather and other abstract concepts.

Montes:
Terrestrial mountain ranges or nearby craters.

Rupes:
Name of nearby mountain ranges (terrestrial names).

Vallis:
Names derived from nearby features.


For a glossary defining Lunar terminology, please click here.


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